belle epoque

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noun, often capitalized B&E \ˈbel-ā-ˈpȯk\
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belle époque

Definition of belle epoque

  1. :  a period of high artistic or cultural development; especially :  such a period in fin de siècle France

Examples of belle epoque in a sentence

  1. that 19th-century belle epoque when Paris seemed to be the artistic center of the universe

Origin and Etymology of belle epoque

French, literally, beautiful age


First Known Use: 1904



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