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belle époque

[bel ey-pawk] /ˈbɛl eɪˈpɔk/
noun, plural belles époques
[bel ey-pawk] /ˈbɛl eɪˈpɔk/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
the period (1871–1914) between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the outbreak of World War I, characterized by relative peacefulness in Western Europe and by marked advances and productivity in the arts, literature, technology, etc.
Also, Belle Époque.
Origin
literally, beautiful epoch
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British Dictionary definitions for belle-epoque

belle époque

/bɛl epɔk/
noun
1.
the period of comfortable well-established life in Europe before World War I
Word Origin
literally: fine period
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