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belle époque

or Belle Époque

[bel ey-pawk]
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noun, plural belles é·poques [bel ey-pawk] /ˈbɛl eɪˈpɔk/. French.
  1. the period (1871–1914) between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the outbreak of World War I, characterized by relative peacefulness in Western Europe and by marked advances and productivity in the arts, literature, technology, etc.

Origin of belle époque

literally, beautiful epoch
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British Dictionary definitions for belle epoque

belle époque

  1. the period of comfortable well-established life in Europe before World War I

Word Origin

literally: fine period
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