Definition of Bohemian in English:

Bohemian

Syllabification: Bo·he·mi·an
Pronunciation: /bōˈhēmēən
 
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noun

1A native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
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  • The fact that any guests would be Jews or Bohemians barely registered on her.
  • By the late second century C.E., peoples such as the Slavs, Germans, Huns, and Bohemians began to raid Austria.
  • The same result was attained on other frontiers by his successful campaigns against the Wends and Bohemians.
2 (also bohemian) A person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer: the young bohemians with their art galleries and sushi bars
[ mid 19th century: from French bohémien 'Gypsy' (because Gypsies were thought to come from Bohemia, or because they perhaps entered the West through Bohemia)]
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  • In its more recent times, Sozopol has been the favourite summer resort for bohemians and young people.
  • It is in part precisely because Paganism is a subculture at this time that it is likely to attract bohemians, hippies, goths, and all sorts of other non-conformists.
  • Celebrating a major retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London, this film double bill re-creates the photographer's social universe among the surrealists and bohemians of prewar Paris.
Synonyms
nonconformist, free spirit, dropout; hippie, beatnik
informal boho

adjective

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1Of or relating to Bohemia or its people.
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  • During the day the bridge is so crowded with tourists and street vendors that it's difficult to move, but I manage to buy some beautifully crafted Bohemian glass trinkets for my mom and some friends.
  • It was reinforced in the middle of the sixteenth century by the attempts of Ferdinand I, the Holy Roman emperor and Bohemian king, to bring the population back under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • The most prestigious traditional Bohemian glass decoration, Tiefschnit, or deep, intaglio carving, was also adopted by the artists of the avant-garde.
2 (also bohemian) Having informal and unconventional social habits: the bohemian writer’s drafty-garret existence
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  • A number of autobiographies from writers within particular bohemian social groups reflects their different value system.
  • A rebel and a pagan, he was an influential figure among the bohemian artists and writers of his time.
  • The pursuit of truth was what the bohemian writers and artists of Montmartre were centrally concerned with.
Synonyms
unconventional, nonconformist, unorthodox, avant-garde, irregular, offbeat, alternative; artistic
informal boho, artsy, artsy-fartsy, way-out

Derivatives

Bohemianism

Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
sense 2 of the adjective.
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  • If enough New Yorkers wanted to protect our city from this company's assembly-line fake Bohemianism we could leave these cappuccino machines hissing alone.
  • There's nowhere near enough Bohemianism going on.
  • These artists didn't fall into the trap of Bohemianism.

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