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 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, "Pernod Gets the Gentle Treatment From New York Hedge Fund," 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, "Tunisia’s president, Beji Caid Essebsi, has died," 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. 2020.

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