belle époque

or Belle Époque

[ bel ey-pawk ]
/ ˈbɛl eɪˈpɔk /

noun, plural belles é·poques [bel ey-pawk]. /ˈbɛl eɪˈpɔk/. French.

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.

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Origin of belle époque

literally, beautiful epoch
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British Dictionary definitions for belle époque

belle époque
/ French (bɛl epɔk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for belle époque

literally: fine period
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