belle époque

or Belle Époque

[bel ey-pawk]

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.

Nearby words

  1. belle,
  2. belle glade,
  3. belle indifférence,
  4. belle isle,
  5. belle isle, strait of,
  6. belleau wood,
  7. belleek,
  8. belleek ware,
  9. bellefontaine,
  10. bellefontaine neighbors

Origin of belle époque

literally, beautiful epoch

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British Dictionary definitions for belle epoque

belle époque

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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