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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The tourist resort threatens to change Key West's bohemian culture.
▪ Cops would tell us to go home, and that intensified this bohemian romance all the more.
▪ He was never merely flamboyant or vulgarly bohemian.
▪ I could browse bohemian bookstores in far-off, mysterious Hollywood.
▪ In the 1960s, a second wave of immigrants settled here, along with a thriving bohemian community.
▪ It seemed a veritable model of bohemian family life.
▪ Might as well look the part, since all artists were considered crazy and bohemian.
▪ The bohemian squalor that greeted my eyes was quite appealing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bohemian \Bo*he"mi*an\, a.

  1. Of or pertaining to Bohemia, or to the language of its ancient inhabitants or their descendants. See Bohemian, n.,

  2. 2. Of or pertaining to a social gypsy or ``Bohemian'' (see Bohemian, n., 3); vagabond; unconventional; free and easy. [Modern]

    Hers was a pleasant Bohemian life till she was five and thirty.
    --Blackw. Mag.

    Artists have abandoned their Bohemian manners and customs nowadays.
    --W. Black.

    Bohemian chatterer, or Bohemian waxwing (Zo["o]l.), a small bird of Europe and America ( Ampelis garrulus); the waxwing.

    Bohemian glass, a variety of hard glass of fine quality, made in Bohemia. It is of variable composition, containing usually silica, lime, and potash, rarely soda, but no lead. It is often remarkable for beauty of color.


Bohemian \Bo*he"mi*an\, n.

  1. A native of Bohemia.

  2. The language of the Czechs (the ancient inhabitants of Bohemia), the richest and most developed of the dialects of the Slavic family.

  3. A restless vagabond; -- originally, an idle stroller or gypsy (as in France) thought to have come from Bohemia; in later times often applied to an adventurer in art or literature, of irregular, unconventional habits, questionable tastes, or free morals. [Modern]

    Note: In this sense from the French boh['e]mien, a gypsy; also, a person of irregular habits.

    She was of a wild, roving nature, inherited from father and mother, who were both Bohemians by taste and circumstances.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a gypsy of society," 1848, from French bohemién (1550s), from the country name (see Bohemia). The modern sense is perhaps from the use of this country name since 15c. in French for "gypsy" (they were wrongly believed to have come from there, though their first appearance in Western Europe may have been directly from there), or from association with 15c. Bohemian heretics. It was popularized by Henri Murger's 1845 story collection "Scenes de la Vie de Boheme," the basis of Puccini's "La Bohème." Used in English 1848 in Thackary's "Vanity Fair."The term 'Bohemian' has come to be very commonly accepted in our day as the description of a certain kind of literary gipsey, no matter in what language he speaks, or what city he inhabits .... A Bohemian is simply an artist or littérateur who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art. ["Westminster Review," 1862]


a. 1 Of, or relating to Bohemia or its language. 2 Of, or relating to the untraditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities (or by extension, major North American cities as well). n. 1 (context countable English) A native or resident of Bohemia. 2 (context uncountable English) The dialect of the Czech language spoken in Bohemia. 3 (context countable archaic English) A Gypsy, a Romani. 4 (context countable slang English) A marginalized and impoverished young artist, or member of the urban literati.


A Bohemian is a resident of Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic or the former Kingdom of Bohemia, a region of the former Crown of Bohemia ( lands of the Bohemian Crown). In English, the word "Bohemian" was used to denote the Czech people as well as the Czech language before the word "Czech" became prevalent in the early 20th century.

In a separate meaning derived from the French word referring to "gypsies," or Romani people, "Bohemian" may also denote "a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts" (see Bohemianism).

Bohemian (disambiguation)

A Bohemian is a resident of Bohemia.

Bohemian or Bohemians may also refer to:

  • Bohemia, a region in Europe
    • Kingdom of Bohemia, the former country it comprised
    • Czech Republic, the modern country that includes it
    • Czech language, their language
  • Bohemian Roma, a subgroup of the Romani people. See also Bohemian Romani
  • Bohemianism (usually not capitalized), a cultural movement
  • Bohemian style (usually not capitalized), a fashion movement
  • The Bohemian (Renoir painting), a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir completed in 1868
  • The Bohemian (Bouguereau painting), a painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau completed in 1890
  • La bohème, an opera by Giacomo Puccini

in beer:

  • Pilsner, a type
  • National Bohemian, a brand brewed by Miller Brewing Company
  • A brand brewed by Molson Coors Brewing Company

in association football (soccer):

  • Bohemian F.C., an Irish club founded in 1890
  • Bohemians 1905, a Czech club founded in 1905
  • Bohemian Sporting Club, a former club from the Philippines
  • FK Bohemians Prague (Střížkov), a Czech club founded in 1996
  • Vålerenga Fotball, a Norwegian club nicknamed The Bohemians.
Bohemian (band)

Bohemian (, Japanese: ボヘミアン; stylized as BOHEMIAN), is a three-member South Korean pop/ballad group, that along with group endeavors, has recorded many soundtracks, abbreviated as OSTs, for South Korean films and Korean drama or k-drama for television in South Korea, as individual artists. The group is composed of Park Sang Woo , Kim Yong Jin , and Yoo Kyu Sang . Bohemian debuted in 2010 with members Park Sang Woo and Yoo Kyu Sang. In 2012, they were joined by Kim Yong Jin. The group is managed by HMG Entertainment, with recordings released by their distribution company, LOEN Entertainment. Through a LOEN Entertainment agreement with Viki, a video streaming site, both Kim Yong Jin and Bohemian are listed as artists, and their music videos can be viewed.

Usage examples of "bohemian".

I had the same idea: Set up a sort of young artistic bohemian theme park, sprinkled around in all the major cities, where young New Atlantans who were so inclined could congregate and be subversive when they were in the mood.

It could have been an elegant eighteenth-century Parisian drawing room, with its Beauvias tapestry and works by Valesquez, Steen, Arthur Frick, and Cezanne on the walls, Boulle cabinet and desk, Louis XVI chairs and tables, Bohemian crystal chandelier, and enormous blood-red Bakhtiari carpet.

Although he looked like a Bongarian Sheeb from the Bongar System, the bohemians of the galaxy, he still looked beautiful to her.

The Bohemian kings bestowed various privileges on Breslau, which soon began to extend its commerce in all directions, while owing to increasing wealth the citizens took up a more independent attitude.

Baron Furnberg, he was appointed Capellmeister to the Bohemian Count Morzin.

There marched therein grim knights of the Teutonic and other orders, fur-clad Poles and Rus-Goths, squadrons of slant-eyed Kalmyks and Lithuanians, Prussians, Bohemians, Saxons, Bavarians, Brandenburgers, Tyrolers, Styrians, Carinthians, Savoyards, Switzers, men of Franche-Comte, Marburg, Munster, Cassel, Frankfort, Koln, Luxemburg, Stuttgart, Regensburg, Hamburg, and Bremen.

Herr Clausewitz evidently had before his mind the endless consultations at the Headquarters of the Bohemian Army in the Leipsic Campaign 1813.

In addition to the Socialist papers already referred to, there are in our country hundreds of others in English, German, Bohemian, Polish, Jewish, Slovac, Slavonic, Danish, Italian, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Lettish, Norwegian, Croatian, Russian, and Swedish.

Socialist Party, even as far back as 1913, published in the United States some 200 or more papers and periodicals in English, German, Bohemian, Polish, Jewish, Slovac, Slavonic, Danish, Italian, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Lettish, Norwegian, Croatian, Russian and Swedish.

The saloon of Justus Schwab, at Number Fifty, First Street, was the center where gathered Anarchists, litterateurs, and bohemians.

It was a Bohemian, Mathurin Regnier, who was one of the last defenders of the bulwarks of poetry, assailed by the phalanx of rhetoricians and grammarians who declared Rabelais barbarous and Montaigne obscure.

From the story drawn from the records of the Bohemian law court, it is plain that to make a compact with the Wild Huntsman was a much more gruesome and ceremonious proceeding than that which took place between Faust and the Evil One in the operas of Gounod and Boito.

Bohemian translation, two Danish, two Dutch, two French, nine German, three Hungarian, three Italian, two Polish, one Romaic, one Rumanian, four Russian and three Spanish translations.

She was a success, but secretly she felt that she did not belong to it, nor, in truth, did Fiorsen, who was much too genuine a bohemian, and artist, and mocked at the Gallants and even the Roseks of this life, as he mocked at Winton, Aunt Rosamund, and their world.

Set there in the midst of the town, after the Bohemian fashion, it opens at the back upon great gardens, as if it were in the midst of the country.