fin de siècle

fin de siè·​cle | \ ˌfan-də-sē-ˈe-kᵊl How to pronounce fin de siècle (audio) ; faⁿ-də-ˈsyeklᵊ How to pronounce fin de siècle (audio) \

Definition of fin de siècle

1 : 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
2 : of or relating to the end of a century

Other Words from fin de siècle

fin de siècle noun

First Known Use of fin de siècle

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fin de siècle

French, end of the century

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“Fin de siècle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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