PRONUNCIATION: (roor-i-TAY-nee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to an imaginary place characterized by romance, adventure, and intrigue.

ETYMOLOGY: After Ruritania, a fictional Central European kingdom, in the novel The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) by Anthony Hope. Earliest documented use: 1894.

PURITANIAN - the culture the Mayflower colonists hoped to establlish

RARITANIAN - a New Jerseyite

RURITALIAN - native to the Italian countryside, avoiding Rome and Florence and Naples and Venice and such