Definition of boutique in English:


Line breaks: bou|tique
Pronunciation: /buːˈtiːk


  • 1A small shop selling fashionable clothes or accessories.
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    • 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 serving a sophisticated or specialized clientele: [as modifier]: California’s boutique wineries
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    • 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.



adjective ( • informal )
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  • 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.


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

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