fin de siècle


: of, relating to, or characteristic of the close of the 19th century and especially its literary and artistic climate of sophistication, world-weariness, and fashionable despair
: of or relating to the end of a century
fin de siècle noun

Word History


French, end of the century

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fin de siècle was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Fin de siècle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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