jeunesse dorée

jeu·​nesse do·​rée | \ zhœ-nes-dȯ-ˈrā How to pronounce jeunesse dorée (audio) \

Definition of jeunesse dorée

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: young people of wealth and fashion

si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait!

French quotation from Henri Estienne II
si jeu·​nesse sa·​vait, si vieil·​lesse pou·​vait! | \ sē-ˈzhœ-nes-ˈsä-ve sē-ˈvye-yes-ˈpü-ve How to pronounce si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait! (audio) \

Definition of si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait! (Entry 2 of 2)

: if youth only knew, if age only could!

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French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre and his allies, the Jacobins, gained many enemies for their role in the Reign of Terror. One of their fiercest opponents was Louis Freron, a former Jacobin who played a key role in overthrowing their government. On July 27, 1794, counter-revolutionaries toppled the Jacobin regime and had Robespierre arrested and executed. In the midst of the chaos that followed, Louis Freron organized gangs of fashionably dressed young toughs to terrorize the remaining Jacobins. French speakers called those stylish young thugs the jeunesse dorée-literally, the "gilded youth." By the time the term jeunesse dorée was adopted into English in the 1830s, it had lost its association with violent street gangs and simply referred to any wealthy young socialites.

First Known Use of jeunesse dorée


1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeunesse dorée


French, gilded youth

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