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grand siècle Line breaks: grand siècle
Pronunciation: /ˌɡrɒ̃ sɪˈɛkl(ə)/
/ɡʀɑ̃ sjɛkl/

Definition of grand siècle in English:


The reign of Louis XIV, seen as France’s period of political and cultural pre-eminence.
Example sentences
  • Louis, the greatest king of France's grand siècle, was only a small boy when he succeeded his father in 1643.
  • Appropriately for one who had striven so hard to recreate the political and diplomatic glories of the past, his deathbed was illuminated by one last ray from the grand siècle.


French, literally 'great century or age'.

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