[ boh-hee-mee-uhn ]
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.

  2. Usually bo·he·mi·an . a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices.

  1. the Czech language, especially as spoken in Bohemia.

  2. a Romani.

  1. of or relating to Bohemia, its people, or their language.

  2. Usually bo·he·mi·an . pertaining to or characteristic of the unconventional life of a bohemian.

  1. living a wandering or vagabond life.

Origin of Bohemian

First recorded in 1570–80; Bohemi(a) + -an

Other words from Bohemian

  • an·ti-Bo·he·mi·an, adjective, noun
  • Bo·he·mi·an·ism, noun
  • pro-Bo·he·mi·an, adjective, noun
  • pseu·do-Bo·he·mi·an, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Bohemian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Bohemian in a sentence

  • In 1904 there was only one drinking-saloon, kept by a Bohemian-born American, who paid $6,000 a year for his monopoly licence.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • Mrs. Sin was well known in certain Bohemian quarters, but was always spoken of as one speaks of a pet vice.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • John Huss, a Bohemian clergyman who had adopted the opinions of Wickliff, was burnt at the stake.

  • She was a very literary young woman, much spoken of in Bohemian circles for elegance and graciousness.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • There is something peculiar in butter prepared in this way, as it is known in other countries by the name of Bohemian butter.

    Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen

British Dictionary definitions for Bohemian


/ (bəʊˈhiːmɪən) /

  1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia, esp of the old kingdom of Bohemia; a Czech

  2. (often not capital) a person, esp an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life

  1. the Czech language

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Bohemia, its people, or their language

  2. unconventional in appearance, behaviour, etc

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Cultural definitions for bohemian


A descriptive term for a stereotypical way of life for artists and intellectuals. According to the stereotype (see also stereotype), bohemians live in material poverty because they prefer their art or their learning to lesser goods; they are also unconventional in habits and dress, and sometimes in morals.

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