ancien régime

noun
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

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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