Bohemian

[ boh-hee-mee-uh n ]
/ boʊˈhi mi ən /

noun

a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
(usually lowercase) a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices.
the Czech language, especially as spoken in Bohemia.
a Gypsy.

adjective

Origin of Bohemian

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

Related forms

Bo·he·mi·an·ism, nounpro-Bo·he·mi·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Bo·he·mi·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bohemian

Bohemian

/ (bəʊˈhiːmɪən) /

noun

a native or inhabitant of Bohemia, esp of the old kingdom of Bohemia; a Czech
(often not capital) a person, esp an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life
the Czech language

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Bohemia, its people, or their language
unconventional in appearance, behaviour, etc
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Culture definitions for bohemian

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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