merveilleux

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English[edit]

Thérésa Tallien, a renowned merveilleuse

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From the French merveilleux.

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merveilleux (plural merveilleux, feminine merveilleuse)

  1. (historical) Contemporary names for the extravagantly dressed French fops and ‘fine ladies’ of the period of the Directory, who affected a revival of the classical costume of ancient Greece.
    • 1819, The Metropolis: A Novel (second edition), volume II, page 57:
      I did not stay very late at the party; and our marvellous promised to give us a list of the company..the ensuing day. [Cf. p. 59 Our military Exquisite.]
    • 1892 October 19th, The Daily News, page 5/1:
      The ‘merveilleuse’ of the Directory in France. The ‘merveilleuse’, or ‘ultra-fashionable’, as the writer..rather inadequately translates her title, ‘walked..half naked in the Champs Elysees’.
    • 1898, Mary Loyd (translator), Octave Uzanne (author), Fashion in Paris: The Various Phases of Feminine Taste and Æsthetics from 1797 to 1897, chapter i, page 8:
      The Ecrouelleux, the Inconcevables, the Merveilleux, with their chins sunk in their huge cravats.
    • ibidem, page 19:
      The Merveilleuses survived the Incroyables by a couple of years.

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Etymology[edit]

merveille +‎ -eux

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merveilleux m (feminine merveilleuse, masculine plural merveilleux, feminine plural merveilleuses)

  1. marvelous, brilliant

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