Definition of steampunk
: science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
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With wardrobes spanning from fur, metal and leather to fine silks, steampunk goggles and prosthetic masks, this is by far the most visually sophisticated and rewarding DC movie yet.
Behind him on the wall, a goat with a long beard was painted cleverly so that its horns meshed seamlessly with the building's toilet pipes, suggesting a demonic steampunk demigod.
The band has a four-year history with the museum dating back to a steampunk-themed event where August was the headliner.
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I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for [Tim] Powers, [James] Blaylock and myself. So wrote the science-fiction author K. W. Jeter, credited with coining the term steampunk in 1987 to describe a wave of fantasy novels set in Victorian times and celebrating the technology of the era, much of which was powered by steam. In both name and subject, steampunk is an antithesis to cyberpunk, a genre often noted for featuring computerized, futuristic, or unearthly settings. The popularity of steampunk has since carried over to motion pictures, fashion, and even things like restaurant décor.
Origin and Etymology of steampunk
1steam + cyberpunk
First Known Use: 1987See Words from the same year
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