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Victorian adj
1 of or relating to Queen Victoria of Great Britain or to the age in which she ruled; "Victorian morals"
2 exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts" [syn: priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straitlaced, strait-laced, straightlaced, straight-laced, tight-laced]
3 typical of the moral standards or conduct of the age of Queen Victoria n : a person who lived during the reign of Victoria

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  1. Of, or relating to the reign of Queen Victoria or of that period
  2. Of, or displaying the supposed standards or ideals of morality of that period
  3. Of the style of architecture or furnishings of that period
  4. Of, or relating to the state of Victoria in Australia



  1. A person living, or born in that period, or exhibiting characteristics of the Victorian period.
    • 2008 May 29 – June 4, Aimee Levitt, "Mind Your Manners", Riverfront Times, page 20,
      It was not until the late 1800s when older members of New York society... devised a daunting system of social rules — not to mention silverware — meant to repel anyone of humble origins... . It was the Victorians who gave us such useful implements as the strawberry knife.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Gothic, Quakerish, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, bluenose, censorious, classical, demure, fossil, fossilized, genteel, goody-goody, grown old, hidebound, medieval, mid-Victorian, narrow, of other times, old maid, old-fashioned, old-maidish, old-world, overmodest, petrified, prig, priggish, prim, prissy, prude, prudish, puritan, puritanical, sanctimonious, smug, starchy, stiff-necked, straitlaced, stuffy, superannuated
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