steampunk

or steam punk, steam-punk

[ steem-puhngk ]
/ ˈstimˌpʌŋk /

noun

a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
a subculture inspired by this literary and film subgenre: the fashions and gadgets of steampunk.

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Origin of steampunk

First recorded in 1985–90; modeled on cyberpunk
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