boutique

[ boo-teek ]
/ buˈtik /

noun

a small shop or a small specialty department within a larger store, especially one that sells fashionable clothes and accessories or a special selection of other merchandise.
any small, exclusive business offering customized service: Our advertising is handled by a new Madison Avenue boutique.
Informal. a small business, department, etc., specializing in one aspect of a larger industry: one of Wall Street's leading research boutiques.

adjective

of, designating, or characteristic of a small, exclusive producer or business: one of California's best boutique wineries.

Origin of boutique

1760–70; < French, Middle French, probably < Old Provençal botica, botiga (with Late Greek ē > ī) < Greek apothḗkē; see apothecary, bottega
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boutique

/ (buːˈtiːk) /

noun

a shop, esp a small one selling fashionable clothes and other items
  1. of or denoting a small specialized producer or business
  2. (as modifier)a boutique winery
a small specialized stall or shopping area within a supermarket, esp selling fresh meat, seafood, etc

Word Origin for boutique

C18: from French, probably from Old Provençal botica, ultimately from Greek apothēkē storehouse; see apothecary
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