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Second Empire

n.
A heavily ornate style of furniture, architecture, and decoration that was developed in France in the middle of the 1800s.

[After Second Empire, the reign of Napoleon III, the next empire after that of Napoleon I.]
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Second Empire

n
1. (Historical Terms)
a. the imperial government of France under Napoleon III
b. the period during which this government functioned (1852–70)
2. (Furniture) the style of furniture and decoration of the Second Empire, reviving the Empire style, but with fussier ornamentation
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Second Empire

An ornate nineteenth-century French style.
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Noun1.Second Empire - the imperial government of Napoleon III in France from 1852-1870
empire - a monarchy with an emperor as head of state
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