ancien régime

noun an·cien ré·gime \äⁿs-yaⁿ-rā-ˈzhēm\

Definition of ancien régime

  1. 1 :  the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789

  2. 2 :  a system or mode no longer prevailing

Origin and Etymology of ancien régime

French, literally, old regime

First Known Use: 1794

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