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[bloo-beerd] /ˈbluˌbɪərd/
a fairy-tale character whose seventh wife found the bodies of her predecessors in a room she had been forbidden to enter.
any man alleged to have murdered a number of his wives or other women.
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Bluebeardism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Bluebeard
Contemporary Examples
  • Her next book, a horror novel based on the Bluebeard legend, promises to do likewise.

    Food Fetishes Nick Antosca July 24, 2009
Historical Examples
  • The story of Bluebeard is probably based on the successive crimes of a sadic.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Leaving her with a pad upon which he had scribbled "Patience, Fatima, wife of Bluebeard!"

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • People will talk, you know, and it did look as though he were a sort of Bluebeard.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • You talk as though it were a kind of Bluebeard's Chamber of Horrors.

  • Mrs. Bluebeard would have parted with her, but she had no other female relative.

  • The next day Sister Anne came with a face full of care to Mrs. Bluebeard.

  • He had been about the house since daybreak, and insisted on seeing Mrs. Bluebeard.

  • One could as well call the tale of Bluebeard by the name of his casual cook.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • The other passengers she had absorbed; the seat behind her was her Bluebeard's chamber.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for Bluebeard


a villain in European folk tales who marries several wives and murders them in turn. In many versions the seventh and last wife escapes the fate of the others
a man who has had several wives
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Bluebeard in Culture

Bluebeard definition

A fairy tale character from the Charles Perrault collection. The character is a monstrous villain who marries seven women in turn and warns them not to look behind a certain door of his castle. Inside the room are the corpses of his former wives. Bluebeard kills six wives for their disobedience before one passes his test.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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