|Main Entry:||fin de siecle|
|Part of Speech:||adj|
|Definition:||pertaining to the end of the 19th century, esp. its fashions, art, literature|
|Etymology:||French 'end of the century'|
The end of the nineteenth century; the phrase is French for “end of the century.” Fin de siècle is particularly used to describe the period's self-conscious artistic movements and a sophisticated despair that became popular at the time. Oscar Wilde is one of the best-known fin-de-siècle figures.