Definition of Rip van Winkle
1. Noun. A person oblivious to social changes.
2. Noun. A person who sleeps a lot.
3. Noun. The title character in a story by Washington Irving about a man who sleeps for 20 years and doesn't recognize the world when he wakens.
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Literary usage of Rip van Winkle
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Representative Plays by American Dramatists by Montrose Jonas Moses (1921)
"The title-page of the Kerr acting edition runs as follows: "Rip van Winkle; A Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A Romantic Drama in Two Acts. Adapted from Washington ..."
2. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1859)
"Rip van Winkle, however, was one of those happy mortals, of foolish, ... Times grew worse and worse with Rip van Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on ..."
3. Representative American Plays by Arthur Hobson Quinn (1917)
"Rip van Winkle Rip van Winkle is a growth. The first attempts to dramatize Irvine's story began about ten years after its publication in 1819. ..."
4. Life and Art of Joseph Jefferson: Together with Some Account of His Ancestry by William Winter (1893)
"NOTABLE EARLY CASTS OF Rip van Winkle The Kerr version of Rip van Winkle was presented at the Walnut Street theatre, Philadelphia, on October 30, 1829, ..."