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[boo-dwahr, -dwawr] /ˈbu dwɑr, -dwɔr/
a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.
Origin of boudoir
1775-85; < French: literally, a sulking place (boud(er) to sulk + -oir -ory2) Unabridged
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  • "You shall have your own boudoir upstairs," said Sidney valiantly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It occurred to her that this might possibly be the key of the boudoir.

  • But I must keep all the stories for the evening; come to my boudoir, and I will read them to you.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The doors were all open, and Father John walked into Feemy's boudoir.

  • "I am to show you into this room, Excellency," said Felice, leading the way to the boudoir.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • She was sitting in the boudoir, and her aunt was calling to her from the adjoining room.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • She turned her boudoir into a bedroom and sitting-room combined.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • His tastes and instincts were of the boudoir, the ante-chamber, and the table.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • For already her ladyship was closeted with Rotherby in her boudoir.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for boudoir


/ˈbuːdwɑː; -dwɔː/
a woman's bedroom or private sitting room
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: room for sulking in, from bouder to sulk
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Word Origin and History for boudoir

1777, "room where a lady may retire to be alone," from French boudoir (18c.), literally "pouting room," from bouder "to pout, sulk," which, like pout, probably ultimately is imitative of puffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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