Definition of Wealden in English:

Wealden

adjective

  • 1British Relating to the Weald in Kent, Surrey, and East Sussex.

    • ‘About 1340 Sir John de Pulteney, a London merchant and financier and four times mayor of London, constructed a splendid house of Wealden sandstone.’
    • ‘The practice came about in consequence of this venture, and was loosely based on a Wealden custom at hop-picking time.’
    • ‘However, this concept is challenged by the discovery of different pollen cones from the Arkansas and English Wealden localities.’
    1. 1.1Denoting a style of timber house built in the Weald in the late medieval and Tudor periods.
      ‘In the decade preceding 1348, we find a number of exceptionally large and lavish timber-framed buildings, including a giant Wealden house and a ‘skyscraper’ with a stone undercroft.’
      ‘He was talking about Cragside, that wonderful faux Wealden house in Northumberland with all the gadgets.’
    2. 1.2Geology Relating to or denoting a series of Lower Cretaceous estuarine and freshwater deposits best exemplified in the Weald.
      ‘I developed interests in the dinosaur-bearing early Cretaceous Wealden beds’
      • ‘Because of their non-marine depositional setting, the Wealden sediments are not biostratigraphically constrained with a high degree of certainty.’
      • ‘Interestingly, regional seismic and borehole studies of the Lower Cretaceous in the English Channel indicate the presence of unconformities in the basal Wealden sediments, especially towards the basin margins.’
      • ‘The close proximity of the Isle of Wight-Purbeck fault zone probably also had an effect on Wealden sedimentation in the Wessex Basin, as the downthrow on these faults decreases to the west.’

noun

Geology
the Wealden
  • A series of Lower Cretaceous estuarine and freshwater deposits best exemplified in the Weald.

    ‘for eight years he mapped parts of the Wealden and other formations in Kent and the Thames valley’

Pronunciation

Wealden

/ˈwiːld(ə)n/