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(Historical Terms) history the French Directory. See Directory
1. (Art Movements) of, in, or relating to a decorative style of the end of the 18th century in France, a form of neoclassicism
2. (Clothing & Fashion) characteristic of women's dress during the French Directory, typically an almost transparent dress with the waistline under the bust
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1. of or designating the style of French furniture and decoration of the mid-1790s, characterized by simple lines and an increasing use of Greco-Roman forms.n.
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Revolutionary furniture that reduced in scale and simplified the preceding Louis XVI style, especially in its late Etruscan phase. The fasces and cape of liberty were important additions to the traditional classical ornaments.
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