Definition of boutique in English:

boutique

Syllabification: bou·tique
Pronunciation: /bo͞oˈtēk
 
/

noun

1A small store selling fashionable clothes or accessories.
More example sentences
  • The circle of chic establishments includes boutiques that sell fancy clothes, and lots of places to take your mummy for lunch.
  • The bags are being sold in Miami boutiques and art museum shops.
  • The magazine will be ‘distributed free in clothes shops, boutiques, pubs and cinemas’ and the first issue has a picture of a giant pigeon on the front cover.
2A business that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele: a small investment boutique [as modifier]: a boutique film
More example sentences
  • It is interested in offering boutique money management services to business clients.
  • How much a business owner ends up paying a boutique investment banker can vary wildly.
  • We've seen the campaign profession grow from a boutique business to a mature, thriving industry.

Origin

mid 18th century: French, literally 'small shop', via Latin from Greek apothēkē 'storehouse'. Compare with bodega.

Derivatives

boutiquey

adjective ( informal )
More example sentences
  • This area of Uruguay reminds me of the Hamptons, near New York: same ocean, same boutiquey feel.
  • I'm thinking the routes would be past all the cute boutiquey parts of all the major cities in the U.S.
  • Another recent addition to L.A. is the Grove, an outdoor mall, which has your basics as well as department stores and more boutiquey shops.

More definitions of boutique

Definition of boutique in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day crowdsource
Pronunciation: ˈkraʊdsɔːs
verb
obtain (information) by enlisting help of many people…