Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Elizabeth I of England or her reign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to Queen Elizabeth I. or her times, esp. to the architecture or literature of her reign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Elizabeth (daughter of Henry VIII. and Anne Boleyn), Queen of England from 1558 to 1603, or to her times.
  • n. One who lived during the Elizabethan period; especially a poet, or dramatist of that period.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to Elizabeth I of England or to the age in which she ruled as queen
  • n. a person who lived during the reign of Elizabeth I

Etymologies

Elizabeth +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Literature as it developed in the reign of Elizabeth ran counter to the hopes and desires of the men who began the movement; the common usage which extends the term Elizabethan backwards outside the limits of the reign itself, has nothing but its carelessness to recommend it.

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  • England stood forth as the centre of opposition against Philip, and under the unwilling leadership of Elizabeth entered on its epic period of heroism, was stimulated to that remarkable outburst of energy and intellect and power which we call the Elizabethan age.

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  • This inspiration permeated the whole soil of national thought, and its embodiment in art and letters has hardly any parallel except in that brilliant morning of English thought which we know as the Elizabethan era.

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  • Hmm. Romance-related books I recently read were John Lambshead's Lucy's Blade, a historical fantasy novel set in Elizabethan England.

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  • Dr. Fallon forked out which Lady Macbeth asks abnormal energy to take widely separated a delicate inlet which gives her protection, prevalent in Elizabethan culture.

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  • It was part of the vocabulary in Elizabethan England (Arthur Miller used it at least once in The Crucible) ..

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  • Anyway, I think I once commented on your blog a couple of years or so ago about a story of yours I absolutely loved - set in Elizabethan England and featuring a cross dressing fairy.

    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • Will Shakespeare finds himself momentarily lost for words and invents a new one - thingamabob - which instantly becomes all the rage in Elizabethan England.

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  • A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.

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  • Certainly espionage is one of the oldest professions (second to prostitution), and impressive spy networks were to be found in Elizabethan England under Francis Walsingham and in Commonwealth Engl [...]

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