- 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).
- (often lowercase) a district inhabited by persons, typically artists, writers, and intellectuals, whose way of life, dress, etc., are generally unconventional or avant-garde.
- (often lowercase) the social circles where such behavior is prevalent.
Examples from the Web for bohemia
The truth is that bohemia and Buckingham Palace have never fitted together particularly well.Who Would Want To Be A Royal Princess? Not Cressida Bonas...
May 5, 2014
The whole point of a bohemia is that people congregate in a relatively well-defined area.Literary City: Jay McInerney’s New York
January 26, 2013
Who would not be a rhymesmith in Paris, in Bohemia, in the heart of youth!
I have existed in a magic Bohemia, largely of my own making.
"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
Whereupon, they plunge again into the Unseen, and thence to Bohemia.The Book of Khalid
- 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
- 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-MoraviaCzech name: Čechy German name: Böhmen (ˈbøːmən)
- a district frequented by unconventional people, esp artists or writers
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).