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1. Of or relating to an imagined European kingdom characterized by provincialism, nationalism, and political intrigue: designed Ruritanian uniforms for the honor guard.
2. Of or relating to a hypothetical foreign nation, as in discussions of international law or economic theory.

[After Ruritania, , imaginary realm in the novel The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.]


(ˌrʊərɪˈteɪnɪən; -njən)
1. (Placename) of or relating to Ruritania
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of or relating to Ruritania
3. (Placename) involving adventure, romance, and intrigue
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) involving adventure, romance, and intrigue
5. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Ruritania
6. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a native or inhabitant of Ruritania
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ruritanian - an imaginary inhabitant of Ruritania
Adj.1.Ruritanian - of or pertaining to or characteristic of Ruritania (or any other imaginary country)
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As for Ruritanian dancers dominating Ruritanian companies, although they may still provide a majority in the corps de ballet and soloist ranks (for various reasons of convenience and law) there is far more free-for-all employment in the top echelons, and quite a few star dancers are members of more than one company.
She was wearing an outfit of vaguely military cut adorned with several large daisies which made her look like a Ruritanian brigadier - or a commissionaire at a hippy convention.
RURITANIAN romance with princess Elissa Landi falling for lowly tutor Pierre Fresnay.
BETTY regurgitating on Wednesday a Queen's Speech dictated to her by David Cameron nails the lie Europe makes most of Britain's laws, yet all of the ridiculous Ruritanian pomp and ceremony can't hide this is a Tory administration running out of steam.
He will tell the BCC's annual conference in London today: "To those who believe that Britain is better served by disengaging, either from nearby trading partners, or from the pursuit of economic growth, I say that it is only if we deliver an open and enterprising economy that we will meet our aspirations, and it is only through growth that we will avoid becoming a Ruritanian backwater or a living museum.
The event itself was full of pantomime flummery, what else with Black Rod and what looked like a Gilbert and Sullivan chorus in support, all about as relevant to the 21st century as Ivor's Ruritanian romances.
Her fellow Rumanian Ion Marin looks every inch the Hollywood ideal of a star conductor, with his Ruritanian tunic and flowing locks.
The theme is plastic surgery, the setting unstated but one suspects as always with Dineen that it is somewhere in Eastern Europe in a Ruritanian way.
Meanwhile, the suggestion for a fully costumed Trafalgar Ball in Liverpool in October has cut no ice with the Liverpool Culture Company, The artistic mind police only bothered to respond (negatively) to the resourceful Ruritanian Society's proposal after embarrassing public prompting.
Your aunt would have been less embarrassed had her head been adorned with a Ruritanian tiara encrusted with diamonds capable of cutting through the Channel Tunnel.
His sudden death there of a heart attack, aged fifty-nine, removed from the scene a Ruritanian figure, who was appropriately the subject of a biography by Barbara Cartland.
Everything else, each archaic, Ruritanian bit of it, remains as before.