1. Pertaining to or belonging to the period of Queen Victoria's reign [1837-1901]. 2. Exhibiting qualities usually associated with the time of Queen Victoria, as moral severity or hypocrisy, middle-class stuffiness, and pompous conservatism. 3. Being in the highly ornamented, massive style of architecture, decor, and furnishings popular in 19th century England.
-- William Morris, editor, 1973
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
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