boudoir

[ boo-dwahr, -dwawr ]
/ ˈbu dwɑr, -dwɔr /

noun

a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.

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Origin of boudoir

1775–85; < French: literally, a sulking place (boud(er) to sulk + -oir -ory2)
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boudoir

/ (ˈbuːdwɑː, -dwɔː) /

noun

a woman's bedroom or private sitting room

Word Origin for boudoir

C18: from French, literally: room for sulking in, from bouder to sulk
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Word Origin and History for boudoir

boudoir


n.

1777, "room where a lady may retire to be alone," from French boudoir (18c.), literally "pouting room," from bouder "to pout, sulk," which, like pout, probably ultimately is imitative of puffing.

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