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Bohemia

[boh-hee-mee-uh]
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noun
  1. Czech Čechy. a region in the W Czech Republic: formerly a kingdom in central Europe; under Hapsburg rule 1526–1918. 20,101 sq. mi. (52,060 sq. km).
  2. (often lowercase) a district inhabited by persons, typically artists, writers, and intellectuals, whose way of life, dress, etc., are generally unconventional or avant-garde.
  3. (often lowercase) the social circles where such behavior is prevalent.
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  • Who would not be a rhymesmith in Paris, in Bohemia, in the heart of youth!

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • I have existed in a magic Bohemia, largely of my own making.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • "And bring with him a flask of holy water," added the knight of Bohemia.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They knew, through the comradeship of all Bohemia, exactly what she meant.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Whereupon, they plunge again into the Unseen, and thence to Bohemia.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani


British Dictionary definitions for bohemia

Bohemia

noun
  1. a former kingdom of central Europe, surrounded by mountains: independent from the 9th to the 13th century; belonged to the Hapsburgs from 1526 until 1918
  2. an area of the W Czech Republic, formerly a province of Czechoslovakia (1918–1949). From 1939 until 1945 it formed part of the German protectorate of Bohemia-MoraviaCzech name: Čechy German name: Böhmen (ˈbøːmən)
  3. a district frequented by unconventional people, esp artists or writers
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Word Origin and History for bohemia

Bohemia

central European kingdom, mid-15c., Beeme, from Middle French Boheme "Bohemia," from Latin Boiohaemum (Tacitus), from Boii, the Celtic people who settled in what is now Bohemia (and were driven from it by the Germanic Marcomans early 1c.; singular Boius, fem. Boia, perhaps literally "warriors") + PIE *haimaz "home" (see home (n.)). Attested from 1861 in meaning "community of artists and social Bohemians" or in reference to the district where they live (see bohemian).

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