[ bee-der-mahy-er ]
/ ˈbi dərˌmaɪ ər /


noting or pertaining to a style of furnishings common in German-speaking areas in the early to middle 19th century, generally existing as a simplification of the French Directoire and Empire styles, usually executed in fruitwood with much use of matched veneers, and often displaying architectural motifs.

Origin of Biedermeier

named after Gottlieb Biedermeier, imaginary author of poems actually composed by various writers and published in German magazine Fliegende Blätter from 1855 on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for biedermeier


/ (ˈbiːdəˌmaɪə) /


of or relating to a decorative and furnishing style in mid-19th-century Germany, characterized by solidity and conventionality
boringly conventional in outlook; bourgeois

Word Origin for Biedermeier

C19: after Gottlieb Biedermeier, a fictitious character portrayed as a conventional unimaginative bourgeois and the author of poems actually written by several satirical poets

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Word Origin and History for biedermeier


1854, from German, from Gottlieb Biedermeier, name of a fictitious writer of stodgy poems (invented by Ludwig Eichrodt as a satire on bourgeois taste); the name generally applied to styles prevalent in Germany 1815-48; also "conventional, bourgeois."

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