belle epoque

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

Definition of belle epoque 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for belle epoque

Synonyms

golden age, renaissance

Antonyms

dark age

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of belle epoque in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

By the belle epoque era, however, tastes veered upscale and bouillons faded or transformed entirely, their charming interiors left untouched while their menus became decidedly upscale. Lindsey Tramuta, New York Times, "At a Nostalgic Paris Restaurant, Food Takes a Back Seat to Fun," 16 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'belle epoque.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of belle epoque

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for belle epoque

French, literally, beautiful age

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about belle epoque

Share belle epoque

Statistics for belle epoque

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for belle epoque

The first known use of belle epoque was in 1904

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on belle epoque

See words that rhyme with belle epoque

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for belle epoque

Comments on belle epoque

What made you want to look up belle epoque? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

evasion of direct action or statement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!