- Ruritanian "utopian," 1896, from Ruritania, name of an imaginary kingdom in "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1894) by Anthony Hope (1863-1933), who coined it from L. rus (gen. ruris) "country" (see RURAL (Cf. rural)) + Latinate ending -itania (Cf. Mauritania).
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Ruritanian — [roor΄ə tā′nē ən] adj. 〚after Ruritania, imaginary kingdom in novels by Anthony Hope〛 of, like, or characteristic of some quaint, romantic, unreal place * * * Ru·ri·ta·ni·an (ro͝or ĭ tāʹnē ən) adj. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics… … Universalium
Ruritanian — [roor΄ə tā′nē ən] adj. [after Ruritania, imaginary kingdom in novels by Anthony Hope] of, like, or characteristic of some quaint, romantic, unreal place … English World dictionary
Ruritanian — 1. adjective /ˌɹʊə.ɹɪˈteɪ.ni.ən,ˌɹʊɹ.ɪˈteɪ.ni.ən/ Of or having the characteristics of adventure, romance, and intrigue, as in works of romantic fiction. These claims were called the Greater Ruritania by the cultivated classes who regarded Kipling … Wiktionary
Ruritanian — UK [ˌrʊərɪˈteɪnɪən] / US [ˌrʊrɪˈteɪnɪən] adjective a Ruritanian novel is one with an exciting and romantic story • Etymology: From Ruritania, the imaginary central European country where Anthony Hope s novels The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of… … English dictionary
Ruritanian — adjective Etymology: Ruritania, fictional kingdom in the novel Prisoner of Zenda (1894) by Anthony Hope Date: 1896 of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an imaginary place of high romance … New Collegiate Dictionary
Ruritanian — RuÂ·riÂ·taÂ·niÂ·an || â€šrÊŠÉ™rÉª teÉªnjÉ™n n. of or pertaining to Ruritania; of or pertaining to an imaginary setting used in fairy tales and romantic stories; of or pertaining to a small out of the way city or region (Informal) … English contemporary dictionary
Ruritanian — [ˌrʊərɪ teɪnɪən] adjective relating to or characteristic of romantic adventure or its setting. Origin C19: from Ruritania, an imaginary kingdom in SE Europe used as the setting for the romantic adventure novels written by the English novelist… … English new terms dictionary
ruritanian — ru·ri·ta·ni·an … English syllables
Ruritanian — adj. relating to or characteristic of romantic adventure or its setting. Etymology: Ruritania, an imaginary setting in SE Europe in the novels of Anthony Hope (d. 1933) … Useful english dictionary
Ruritanian romance — A Ruritanian Romance is a story set in a fictional country, usually in Middle Europe or East Europe, such as the Ruritania that gave the genre its name. The popularity of the Graustark novels led to this type of story also being called… … Wikipedia