fête champêtre

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18th century courtiers in fancy dress, at a fête champêtre.



The term is derived for the French expression of pastoral festival or country feast.


fête champêtre f (plural fêtes champêtres)

  1. A garden party (pastoral festival) that was a popular form of entertainment in the 18th century, particularly popular at the French court, at Versailles. In theory it is a simple pastoral festival but in practice it was often contrived and elaborate with orchestras and fancy dress.

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