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  1. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the second month of the year, extending from October 22 to November 20.
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Origin of Brumaire

< French, equivalent to brume brume + -aire -ary
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Historical Examples

  • He has his own policy, his own 13th Vendémiaire, his own 18th Brumaire.

    Napoleon the Little

    Victor Hugo

  • The oath that we take on the 2nd of December, nephew of the 18th Brumaire, is sacrosanct!

  • This was on the ninth of November, 1799, usually called 18th Brumaire.

  • The octroi of Amiens was re-established on the 3rd of Brumaire next following.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert

  • The following day, the 19th Brumaire, was actually the decisive day.

    The Empress Josephine

    Louise Muhlbach

British Dictionary definitions for brumaire


  1. the month of mist: the second month of the French revolutionary calendar, extending from Oct 23 to Nov 21
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Word Origin

C19: from brume mist, from Latin brūma winter; see brume
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