1. Of, relating to, or belonging to the period of the reign of Queen Victoria: a Victorian novel.
2. Relating to or displaying the standards or ideals of morality regarded as characteristic of the time of Queen Victoria: Victorian manners.
3. Being in the highly ornamented, eclectic style of architecture, decor, and furnishings popular in 19th-century England.
A person belonging to or exhibiting characteristics typical of the Victorian period.
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