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  • adj. Of or pertaining to, characteristic of, associated with, or suggestive of William Shakespeare (an English playwright), his works, or his authorship.
  • adj. Derivative of Shakespeare's works or authorship.
  • adj. Composed of Shakespearean sonnets.
  • n. A scholar of the works of Shakespeare.
  • n. A person trained to act in Shakespeare's plays.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the style of, Shakespeare or his works.

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

  • adj. of or relating to William Shakespeare or his works
  • n. a Shakespearean scholar


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