[ 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.
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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
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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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