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boudoir Line breaks: bou|doir
Pronunciation: /ˈbuːdwɑː/

Definition of boudoir in English:


chiefly historical or , humorous
A woman’s bedroom or small 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.


Late 18th century: French, literally 'sulking-place', from bouder 'pout, sulk'.

  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with boudoir

renvoi • Vaudois
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