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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Oxford or Oxford University.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Oxford.
  • n. A person who studies or has studied at Oxford University.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Oxford.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to the city or the university of Oxford, England.
  • proper n. A student or graduate of Oxford University, in England.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Oxford.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Oxford: a member or a graduate of the University of Oxford.
  • n. An Oxonian button-over.

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

  • adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of Oxford University
  • adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of the city of Oxford, England, or its inhabitants
  • n. a native or resident of Oxford


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

From Medieval Latin Oxōnia, Oxford, from Old English Oxnaford : oxena, genitive pl. of oxa, ox + ford, ford; see ford.

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Medieval Latin Oxonia +‎ -ian


  • Our Oxonian was a young man about the middle height, and naturally of a thoughtful expression and rather reserved mien.


  • "In English, an 'Oxonian' means somebody who went to Oxford University," huffed Guy Spier, president of the Oxford Alumni Association of New York.

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  • 'Mr. Thornton, we were accusing Mr. Bell this morning of a kind of Oxonian mediaeval bigotry against his native town; and we -- Margaret, I believe -- suggested that it would do him good to associate a little with Milton manufacturers.'

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  • “The funny mistress of five or six accents,” Jane regaled them all with the story of her dinner party, successively taking the part of a lecherous old Oxonian who was trying to pinch her bottom, a drunk Ceylonese official, and a dry old colonial widow with a lorgnette.

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  • If the saturnine Hicks was Murdoch's "dark angel" at university, her other major correspondent in these years, Frank Thompson, was very much her Oxonian fair-haired boy, whose death while fighting behind enemy lines in the Balkans in 1944 cast him retrospectively not only as her Knight Errant but as the love of her life.

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  • In late-1970s London, when the young Oxonian was writing for a lefty publication, the New Statesman, he became a fixture in Bloomsbury at the "Friday Lunch," a boozy gathering of scribes.

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  • In that rich Oxonian voice, he asked, "With whom should one negotiate, if not one's enemies?"

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  • It seemed to me to be a very Oxonian sort of greeting, and I wondered then if John Hood knew exactly what he had got himself into.

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  • In July 1821, Pierce Egan published the first monthly part of Life in London; or, The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq., and his elegant friend Corinthian Tom, accompanied by Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees through the Metropolis.

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  • With the Oxonian she had been far more struck; his energy, his sentiments, his passion for literature, would instantly have riveted him in her fairest favour, had she not so completely regarded herself as the wife of Clermont Lynmere, that she denied her imagination any power over her reason.



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