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Bohemia

[boh-hee-mee-uh] /boʊˈhi mi ə/
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
  • Especially in Bohemia, where many of its daughters set their caps for him.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • For you must know that not every one you meet in Bohemia is not a Philistine.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • For Khalid, after his return from Bohemia, continued to curse the huris in his dreams.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for Bohemia

Bohemia

/bəʊˈhiːmɪə/
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-Moravia Czech 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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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