steam punk

steampunk

[steem-puhngk]
noun
1.
a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
2.
a subculture inspired by this literary and film subgenre: the fashions and gadgets of steampunk.
Also, steam punk, steam-punk.


Origin:
1985–90; modeled on cyberpunk

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