- the empire established in France (1852–70) by Louis Napoleon: the successor to the Second Republic.
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- the imperial government of France under Napoleon III
- the period during which this government functioned (1852–70)
- the style of furniture and decoration of the Second Empire, reviving the Empire style, but with fussier ornamentation