American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. Someone with an extravagant and luxurious lifestyle, often at the expense of those who lack food, clothes, or shelter.
- 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)
- From Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), French queen. (Wiktionary)
“Still, I listened attentively, looking away now and then from his rapt, concentrated countenance to the tapis vert outside, where the cows were cropping the short grass, or glancing around rather shrinkingly at the headless bust of Marie Antoinette that stood on the mantelpiece.”
“And look, Marie Antoinette is Ollie Ollie Otterson”
“Marie Antoinette gathered her skirts close about her and looked at the “Minerva of Letters” with suspicion in her big, open eyes; cabinet officers forgot her requests to call, and when a famous wit once coolly asked, “Who was that Madame De Stael we used to read about?” people roared with laughter.”
“In my own private celebration, I had put on my favorite Laura Ashley nightgown, a frilly folly worthy of Marie Antoinette that Lea had pronounced the height of mauvais goût but that Astrid had bought me anyway on a shopping trip to London, retorting that good taste was for dullards.”
“I did things I never would have done when I lived there, tourist things: I wandered through the Picasso museum, had a glass of wine at La Cloche des Halles, and took a tour of the Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette had been imprisoned.”
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