ancien régime

an·​cien ré·​gime | \ äⁿs-yaⁿ-rā-ˈzhēm How to pronounce ancien régime (audio) \

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

Examples of ancien régime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nobody would describe the year 2021 in tones of halcyon optimism; the days of Medvedev and Obama now seem like an ancien regime of sorts. Michael Kimmage, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2021 What could be more agreeable than to read about illicit amours and political intrigues during the twilight of the ancien regime? Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020 Don’t be surprised if this ends up as more of a sprucing up of the ancien regime than a full-blown revolution. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 An old man, a mandarin of the ancien regime, Mr Essebsi was an odd fit for the presidency of a young and newly-free country. The Economist, 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of ancien régime

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ancien régime

French, literally, old regime

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“Ancien régime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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