ancien régime


an·cien ré·gime

noun \äⁿs-yaⁿ-rā-ˈzhēm\

Definition of ANCIEN RÉGIME

1
:  the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
2
:  a system or mode no longer prevailing

Origin of ANCIEN RÉGIME

French, literally, old regime
First Known Use: 1794

Rhymes with ANCIEN RÉGIME

ancien régime

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

(French: “old order”) Political and social system of France prior to the French Revolution. Under the regime, everyone was a subject of the king of France as well as a member of an estate and province. All rights and status flowed from the social institutions, divided into three orders: clergy, nobility, and others (the Third Estate). There was no national citizenship.

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