Bar·​bi·​zon ˌbär-bə-ˈzōn How to pronounce Barbizon (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a school of mid-19th century French landscape painters whose naturalistic canvases were based on direct observation of nature

Word History


Barbizon, France

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Barbizon was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Barbizon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Bar·​bi·​zon ˌbär-bē-ˈzōⁿ How to pronounce Barbizon (audio)
village in northern France south-southeast of Paris population 1396
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