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Elizabethan (adj.)

"belonging to the period of Queen Elizabeth I" (1558-1603) of England, 1807 (Elizabethean); Coleridge (1817) has Elizabethian, and Carlyle (1840) finally attains the modern form. The noun is first attested 1859.

John Knox, one of the exiles for religion in Switzerland, publiſhed his "Firſt Blaſt of the Trumpet againſt the Government of Women," in this reign [of Elizabeth]. It was lucky for him that he was out of the queen's reach when he ſounded the trumpet. [The Rev. Mr. James Granger, "A Biographical History of England," 1769]

updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of Elizabethan from WordNet
1
Elizabethan (n.)
a person who lived during the reign of Elizabeth I;
2
Elizabethan (adj.)
of or relating to Elizabeth I of England or to the age in which she ruled as queen;
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