Definition of Baader–Meinhof in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɑːdəˈmʌɪnhɒf/


  • 1Attributive Designating an extreme left-wing terrorist organization operating in West Germany (and later Germany) between 1970 and 1998. Chiefly in "Baader–Meinhof gang (also group)".

  • 2Attributive Designating a quirk of perception whereby a phenomenon to which one is newly alert suddenly seems ubiquitous. Chiefly in "Baader-Meinhof phenomenon".

    Also called the frequency illusion.

  • 3Without article: = "Baader–Meinhof gang".


1970s; earliest use found in The Hartford Courant. From the name of Bernd Andreas Baader + the name of Ulrike Meinhof, prominent members of the organization. Compare German Baader-Bande, lit. ‘Baader gang’, later also Baader-Meinhof-Bande, Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe.