Definition of steampunk in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstēmˌpəNGk/


1A genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology: if you like steampunk, this is a great book for you [as modifier]: she seeks to rescue her kidnapped father in this steampunk adventure
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  • I knew about Railway Spine via Gibson & Sterling's excellent steampunk novel, The Difference Engine.
  • I think the first question there is how you define "pure" steampunk.
  • Much of it takes place in a "fantasy London" where people dress like steampunk superheroes.
1.1A style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction: the essence of steampunk is homage to vintage fashion with a modern, sassy twist [as modifier]: steampunk costumes
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  • The artwork on the site gives the game world a decidedly fantasy flair, but also with what could be steampunk elements.
  • When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.
  • Her style is kind of steampunk, funky vintage and that's how she likes to roll.

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Syllabification: steam·punk

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