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


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

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Cite this Entry

“Biedermeier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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