Bluebeard [ bloo-beerd ] SHOW IPA / ˈbluˌbɪərd / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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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How to use Bluebeard in a sentence
Her next book, a horror novel based on the
Bluebeard legend, promises to do likewise. Bluebeard, you know, had a whole museum of them—as that imprudent little last wife of his found out to her cost.
If dear old
Bluebeard may be accepted as an ordinary result of this system, it must be confessed that it has its advantages.
The weather was so unpleasant, and
Bluebeard and his aquavit were so engaging, that we decided not to leave here till to-morrow.
Had she seen the seven hanging heads of
Bluebeard's decapitated wives, she would not have been more pained.
I shall have some disgusting moments of discomfort and remorse—and feel a moral
Bluebeard—I shan't go scot free—. British Dictionary definitions for Bluebeard noun 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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Cultural definitions for Bluebeard
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.
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