Second Empire

Second Empire

noun
the empire established in France (1852–70) by Louis Napoleon: the successor to the Second Republic.
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Second Empire
 
n
1.  a.  the imperial government of France under Napoleon III
 b.  the period during which this government functioned (1852--70)
2.  the style of furniture and decoration of the Second Empire, reviving the Empire style, but with fussier ornamentation

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