- 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.
- of, designating, or characteristic of a small, exclusive producer or business: one of California's best boutique wineries.
Origin of boutique
Examples from the Web for boutique
But in those days there were very creative people like Chris Blackwell who really did the first boutique hotel.Barbara Hulanicki, Queen of Fast Fashion
October 15, 2014
There has even been a boutique Indiana brand (W.H. Harrison) bottling factory-made Indiana bourbon.Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
July 28, 2014
Currently before the NLRB is a case concerning the right of workers at the luxury New York boutique Bergdorf Goodman to organize.Obama Loves Labor (on the Down Low)
April 10, 2014
Mrs. Kennedy went to a boutique on the East Side to order the outfit.
The boutique farmed out part of the finishing work to my father at the de la Renta shop.
And what revelation so awful as that he has stood in a—in a—boutique?'Evan Harrington, Complete
It was merrier in the boutique to chat with customers, yet she started fairly, and for a week earned a franc a day.Bohemian Days
Geo. Alfred Townsend
While I was in the boutique of a little jeweller, the Princess Bariatinski came in, with one of her female attendants.First Impressions on a Tour upon the Continent
- a shop, esp a small one selling fashionable clothes and other items
- of or denoting a small specialized producer or business
- (as modifier)a boutique winery
- a small specialized stall or shopping area within a supermarket, esp selling fresh meat, seafood, etc
Word Origin and History for boutique
"fashion shop," 1953, earlier "small shop of any sort" (1767), from French boutique (14c.), from Old Provençal botica, from Latin apotheca "storehouse" (see apothecary). Latin apotheca directly into French normally would have yielded *avouaie.