Definition of Biedermeier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbēdərˌmīər/


Denoting or relating to a style of furniture and interior decoration current in Germany in the period 1815–48, characterized by restraint, conventionality, and utilitarianism.
Example sentences
  • Despite regional variations Biedermeier style is therefore staid, sober, and particular, eschewing heroics and drama.
  • Transparent enameled beakers in the Biedermeier style were manufactured in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Built in the Empire and Biedermeier styles, the grounds include a turf-roofed sauna and a chapel dating from 1925.


From the name of Gottlieb Biedermeier, a fictitious German provincial schoolmaster and poet created by German satirist Ludwig Eichrodt (1827–92) in 1854.

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Syllabification: Bie·der·mei·er

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