from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An affectedly elegant literary style of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, characterized by elaborate alliteration, antitheses, and similes.
- n. Affected elegance of language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornate style of writing (in Elizabethan England) marked by the excessive use of alliteration, antithesis and mythological similes.
- n. An example of euphuism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of language; high-flown diction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English literature, an affected literary style, originating in the fifteenth century, characterized by a wide vocabulary, alliteration, consonance, verbal antithesis, and odd combinations of words.
- n. Synonyms This word is sometimes confounded with euphemism and euphony. It has nothing to do with either.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period; characterized by balance and antithesis and alliteration and extended similes with and allusions to nature and mythology
- n. any artificially elegant style of language
After Euphues, a character in Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and his England by John Lyly, from Greek euphuēs, shapely : eu-, eu- + phuein, to grow, bring forth; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Lyly's Euphues. (Wiktionary)