[ ahn-syan rey-zheem ]
/ ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim /
noun, plural an·ciens ré·gimes [ahn-syan rey-zheem] /ɑ̃ syɛ̃ reɪˈʒim/. French.
the political and social system of France before the revolution of 1789.
the system of government during this period.
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British Dictionary definitions for ancien regime
/ French (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim) /
noun plural anciens régimes (ɑ̃sjɛ̃ reʒim)
the political and social system of France before the Revolution of 1789
a former or outdated regime
Word Origin for ancien régime
literally: old regime
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Cultural definitions for ancien regime
[ (ahnn-syann ray-zheem) ]
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