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ancien régime

noun [U] uk   /ɒnˌsjæn.reɪˈʒiːm/ us    /ˌɑːæn.rə-/ formal
an old system, especially a political or social one, that has been replaced by a more modern systemRenaissance: 1501 to 1899Systems of government
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