Definition of boudoir in English:

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boudoir

Pronunciation: /ˈbo͞oˌdwär/

noun

chiefly historical or humorous
A woman’s bedroom or private room.
Example sentences
  • The décor of ‘male’ and ‘female’ rooms was distinguished, with dark panelling prevalent in dining and billiard rooms, lighter plasterwork in drawing rooms, boudoirs, and bedrooms.
  • In the tome, full of glamorous soft-focus pictures of the footballer, he waxes lyrical about the art of seduction, with fish his favourite weapon for luring girlfriends from the dining room to the boudoir.
  • Alternatively, transform your living room into a bohemian boudoir: the Moulin Rouge nightclub, Paris.

Origin

Late 18th century: French, literally 'sulking place'.

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  • Etymologically, a boudoir is a place where someone sulks. The word was adopted from French in the late 18th century, and literally means ‘sulking place’, from bouder ‘to sulk, pout’.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bou·doir

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