WBW #15

Biedermeier

ORIGIN: after Gottlieb Biedermeier (“Papa Biedermeier“), satirical name for a simple, fussy, uninspired German bourgeois, the imaginary author of poems by Adolf Kussmaul †1902, Ludwig Eichrodt †1892, and others

DEFINITION: of furniture : of a type developed in Germany between 1815 and 1848, derived from French Empire styles but at once simpler in detail and weaker in design

SENTENCE: The TV advertisement provided information about clearance sales on Biedermeier furniture.

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