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Biedermeier

[ bee-der-mahy-er ]

adjective

  1. 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.


Biedermeier

/ ˈbiːdəˌmaɪə /

adjective

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Biedermeier1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of Biedermeier1

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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