[boo-dwahr, -dwawr]


a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.

Origin of boudoir

1775–85; < French: literally, a sulking place (boud(er) to sulk + -oir -ory2) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for boudoir

bedroom, bedchamber

Examples from the Web for boudoir

Contemporary Examples of boudoir

Historical Examples of boudoir

  • "You shall have your own boudoir upstairs," said Sidney valiantly.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It occurred to her that this might possibly be the key of the boudoir.

  • But I must keep all the stories for the evening; come to my boudoir, and I will read them to you.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • The doors were all open, and Father John walked into Feemy's boudoir.

  • "I am to show you into this room, Excellency," said Felice, leading the way to the boudoir.

British Dictionary definitions for boudoir



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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper