Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Incroyable'
- Incroyable \In`croy`a"ble\, n. [F., lit., incredible.]
A French fop or dandy of the time of the Directory; hence,
Note: The name is said to have been given in allusion not
only to the extravagant dress, but also to the frequent
use of the phrase ``C'est vraiment incroyable'' (That
is really incredible.).
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Incroyable'
The Incroyables (Incredibles) and their female counterparts, the Merveilleuses (Marvelous), were a name for the fashionable subcultures living in France in the Directoire era. The exhibition of products of national industry, organized in 1798, testified to their infatuation with luxury.
The names are sometimes spelled and were pronounced "incoyables" and "meveilleuses" without the letter R, as, in reaction against the Revolution, which begins with an R, in which so many had suffered and lost relatives, the letter R had to be banished.
After the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror ended, there was a furor for entertainment and pleasure. Stylish women, the Merveilleuses, modeled their dress after that of ancient Greece and Rome, wearing semi-transparent tunics in gauze or linen and often displaying cleavage. They were also fond of wigs, often blonde, but also in such colors as black, blue, and green.[See more about Incroyable at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]