Definition of Régence in English:


Pronunciation /rāˈZHäNs/ /reɪˈʒɑ̃s/


  • The period of the French Regency (1715–23)

    ‘the practice originated during the Régence’
    • ‘The transitional period between the opulent baroque period and the less formal rococo era of Louis XV became known as French Régence.’
    • ‘The atmosphere of the Régence is effectively gone.’
    • ‘It spans the length of the 18th century from the Régence through the Louis XV, Transitional, and Louis XVI periods.’
    • ‘The salient feature of the Régence is its transitional character.’
    • ‘During the period of the Régence, the designs continue to be heavy.’


  • Relating to or denoting a style of clothing, furniture, and interior decoration characteristic of the era of the French Regency.

    ‘a Régence giltwood table’
    • ‘The grand salon is richly decorated in the Régence and rococo styles popular in France during the 1730s.’
    • ‘It is furnished with the likes of the most monumental of regulator clocks, a lavishly carved Régence centre table and a chandelier lacquered blue and bearing eight lights.’
    • ‘Régence frames were extremely popular, marked for their delicacy and opulence.’
    • ‘The former is seen in the rectilinear and symmetrical designs, including some carvings and moldings that are formed with characteristic Régence strapwork, grotesques, and classical motifs from antiquity.’
    • ‘He brings a Régence armoire by Charles Cressent.’
    • ‘One of the masterpieces of Régence design, the Galerie Dorée in the Hotel de Toulouse in Paris was redecorated by Vassé under de Cotte.’
    • ‘Régence and rococo frame styles were reinterpreted for mass production.’


French, ‘Regency’.