[bloomz-buh-ree, -bree]
  1. a residential and academic district in London, N of the Thames and Charing Cross. Artists, writers, and students living there have given it a reputation as an intellectual center.
  1. of or relating to a group of artists and writers who flourished in the early decades of the 20th century and were associated with the Bloomsbury section of London.
  2. of, pertaining to, following, or imitating the cultural and intellectual pursuits, interests, or opinions characteristic of this group. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of bloomsbury

Historical Examples of bloomsbury

  • He got away as soon as he could decently do so, and went back to Bloomsbury.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Gilbert was not at home when he reached the Bloomsbury boarding-house.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Stopping at a door in Bloomsbury Street, Willis sat watching.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • I told one of them idle bobbies to go and fetch him from Bloomsbury.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • Its a long cry at this time of night from Bloomsbury to the Elephant and Castle.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

British Dictionary definitions for bloomsbury


  1. a district of central London in the borough of Camden: contains the British Museum, part of the University of London, and many publishers' offices
  1. relating to or characteristic of the Bloomsbury Group
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Word Origin and History for bloomsbury


1910, in reference to the set of Bohemian writers, artists, and intellectuals (including E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa and Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes) centered on Lytton Strachey; so called from the London neighborhood where several lived and worked.

Women in love with buggers and buggers in love with womanizers, I don't know what the world is coming to. [Lytton Strachey]

The place name is recorded 1291 as Blemondesberi "manor held by the Blemond family," from Blémont in France. It was laid out for housing in 17c., fashionable from 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper