Adjective "jacobean" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the reign of James I of England.
  1. 'Undoubtedly, even though Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy showed the world as an awful chaos to contemporary playgoers, the building which sheltered actors and audience contained this chaos in a monumental architecture.'
  2. 'It is a critical commonplace to note sharp cultural differences between Elizabethan and Jacobean England.'
  3. 'Machiavelli himself, author of groundbreaking comedies such as the Mandragola, became a proverbial figure of evil on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage.'
  4. 'Britain's leading composer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, Byrd's large, varied output included English anthems and consort songs, Latin motets and masses, and keyboard and instrumental consort music.'
  5. 'Yet as far as I am aware, my interpretation of Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, completed last year, marks the first instance of a Jacobean tragedy being made into a feature film.'
  6. 'Tis Pity She's A Whore is a play of forbidden love deemed provocative in Jacobean times and remains vividly so today.'
  7. 'There is a distinct similarity between Jacobean motifs and the illuminated work produced during the same era, with its funky strange animals, flowers, bugs, bees, gargoyles, etc.'
  8. 'The first collect for this service, couched in rich Jacobean language, makes interesting reading.'
  9. 'Another interesting thing about the Jacobean stage is that, very often, there were musicians playing right the way through productions.'
  10. 'Shakespeare studies call for a thorough knowledge of a wide spectrum of pre-Shakespearean, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, the Elizabethan stage and dramaturgy.'
  11. 'One of the finest examples of Jacobean architecture in Ireland, it dates from 1625, and looks like a castle ought to look, complete with crenellations and an adjacent ruined abbey, covered in wild roses.'
  12. 'Not just another nondescript building down Whitehall, but an ornate Jacobean dining hall with huge painted ceiling.'
  13. 'In front of him, in 14 crates in the warehouse, was one of the wonders of Wales: the carved dolphins and cornices and gods of the Jacobean panelled dining room from the great house at Gwydir.'
  14. 'Church dates from 1436 and contains attractive Jacobean pews and pulpit.'
  15. 'A large, open-arm, upholstered armchair is in the corner, and a wooden armchair with a pierced back splat in the Jacobean / colonial revival mode is in front of the chimney-piece.'


A person who lived in the Jacobean period.
  1. 'He compares the preoccupation with the extremes of the Jacobeans to the extremes of recent playwrights.'
  2. 'For Dryden, the contrast between the First and Second Temples is symbolic of the relationship between contemporary Caroline poetry and that of the great Jacobeans.'


1. of or relating to James I of England or to his period.

2. noting or pertaining to the style of architecture and furnishings prevailing in England in the first half of the 17th century, continuing the Elizabethan style with a gradual introduction of Italian models in architecture and increased elaboration of forms and motifs in furnishings.

3. of or relating to the style of literature and drama produced during the early 17th century. noun

4. a writer, statesman, or other pers

More examples(as adjective)

"houses can be jacobean."

"tragedies can be jacobean."

"mansions can be jacobean."

"dramas can be jacobean."

"tables can be jacobean."

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(Jacobean)Mid 19th century (in use earlier with reference to St James): from modern Latin Jacobaeus (from ecclesiastical Latin Jacobus ‘James’, from Greek Iakōbos ‘Jacob’) + -an.