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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.]
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(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
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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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