belles époques

belle époque

[bel ey-pawk]
noun, plural belles époques [bel ey-pawk] . French.
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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belle époque (bɛl epɔk)
 
n
the period of comfortable well-established life in Europe before World War I
 
[literally: fine period]

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