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fête champêtre

[fet shahn-pe-truh] /fɛt ʃɑ̃ˈpɛ trə/
plural fêtes champêtres
[fet shahn-pe-truh] /fɛt ʃɑ̃ˈpɛ trə/ (Show IPA).
an outdoor festival or a garden party. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for fêtes champêtres

fête champêtre

/fɛt ʃɑ̃pɛtrə/
noun (pl) fêtes champêtres (fɛt ʃɑ̃pɛtrə)
a garden party, picnic, or similar outdoor entertainment
(arts) Also fête galante (fɛt ɡalɑ̃t)
  1. a genre of painting popular in France from the early 18th century, characterized by the depiction of figures in pastoral settings. Watteau was its most famous exponent
  2. a painting in this genre
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: country festival
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Encyclopedia Article for fêtes champêtres

fete champetre

((French: "rural festival"), in painting, representation of a rural feast or open-air entertainment. Although the term fete galante ("courtship party") is sometimes considered to be a synonym for fete champetre, it is also used to refer to a specific kind of fete champetre: a more graceful, usually aristocratic scene in which groups of idly amorous, relaxed, well-dressed figures are depicted in a pastoral setting

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