Biedermeier

adjective

Bie·​der·​mei·​er ˈbē-dər-ˌmī(-ə)r How to pronounce Biedermeier (audio)
: of a style of unostentatious furniture and interior decoration popular especially with the middle class in early 19th century Germany

Word History

Etymology

after Gottlieb Biedermeier, satirical name for an uninspired German bourgeois

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Biedermeier was in 1899

Dictionary Entries Near Biedermeier

Cite this Entry

“Biedermeier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Biedermeier. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!