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.

Related formsBlue·beard·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bluebeard

Contemporary Examples of bluebeard

  • Her next book, a horror novel based on the Bluebeard legend, promises to do likewise.

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Historical Examples of bluebeard

  • The story of Bluebeard is probably based on the successive crimes of a sadic.

  • Leaving her with a pad upon which he had scribbled "Patience, Fatima, wife of Bluebeard!"


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  • People will talk, you know, and it did look as though he were a sort of Bluebeard.

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    Anthony Trollope

  • You talk as though it were a kind of Bluebeard's Chamber of Horrors.

  • He had been about the house since daybreak, and insisted on seeing Mrs. Bluebeard.

British Dictionary definitions for bluebeard



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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bluebeard in Culture


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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