from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Marie Antoinette 1755-1793. Queen of France (1774-1793) as the wife of Louis XVI. Unpopular because of her extravagance and insensitivity toward the masses, she was tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal and executed.
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- n. Someone with an extravagant and luxurious lifestyle, often at the expense of those who lack food, clothes, or shelter.
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- n. queen of France (as wife of Louis XVI) who was unpopular; her extravagance and opposition to reform contributed to the overthrow of the monarchy; she was guillotined along with her husband (1755-1793)
Without a word Marie Antoinette turned, and clasping him in her arms, was comforted.
We didn't cut off that poor creature's head whom they called Marie Antoinette to install Her
And even on the normally benign Mumsnet it was described as a "Marie Antoinette moment".
To paraphrase Marie Antoinette, "Let them eat $5 hot dogs."
“Yes,” he said, nodding at me with half-closed eyes, “the murder of a dog—an unfortunate creature called Marie Antoinette.”
One room was even called the Marie Antoinette room, and the bedstead of this apartment, which is to-day in the possession of the descendants of Colonel Swan, is still known as the
XVI in the type of costume she made her own which is still referred to as the Marie Antoinette style.
Then there was a medical student in the front room, Sam in an alcove off the hall, a grey-haired woman stenographer, whom Jake called Marie Antoinette, and a buyer from a wholesale dry-goods house, with a vivacious, fun-loving little Southern wife.
To paraphrase Marie Antoinette, let the track coaches eat brioche.
"His wife (Michelle Obama) was referred to as Marie Antoinette," Stewart said, noting criticism over the first lady's trip to Spain.
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