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Noun1.1880s - the decade from 1880 to 1889
decade, decennary, decennium - a period of 10 years
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I see his blind dedication to the cult of the little girl, that fashionable, innocent 'fad', with all its not-so-innocent psychological implications, hidden psychiatric agenda, of the dons of Oxford in the eighteen-eighties, of Dodgson and Ruskin and Philip Wilson Steer; culminating for hapless earnest Dowson in his unrewarding, and unrewarded, adoration of 'Missie'.