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An era of artistic and cultural refinement in a society, especially in France from the late 19th century until the beginning of World War I.
[French : belle, beautiful + époque, era.]
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belle époque(bɛl epɔk)
(Historical Terms) the period of comfortable well-established life in Europe before World War I
[literally: fine period]
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belle é•poque(ˌbɛl eɪˈpɔk)
the period of peace and cultural productivity in W Europe before the outbreak of World War I.
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