Bohemian

Definitions

  • Bohemian Woman
    Bohemian Woman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bohemian unconventional in especially appearance and behavior "a bohemian life style"
    • adj Bohemian of or relating to Bohemia or its language or people
    • n bohemian a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
    • n Bohemian a native or inhabitant of Bohemia in the Czech Republic
    • n Bohemian a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bohemian A native of Bohemia.
    • Bohemian 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. "She was of a wild, roving nature, inherited from father and mother, who were both Bohemians by taste and circumstances."
    • Bohemian Of or pertaining to a social gypsy or “Bohemian” (see Bohemian n., 3); vagabond; unconventional; free and easy. "Hers was a pleasant Bohemian life till she was five and thirty.""Artists have abandoned their Bohemian manners and customs nowadays."
    • Bohemian Of or pertaining to Bohemia, or to the language of its ancient inhabitants or their descendants. See Bohemian n., 2.
    • Bohemian The language of the Czechs (the ancient inhabitants of Bohemia), the richest and most developed of the dialects of the Slavic family.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bohemian A native or an inhabitant of Bohemia, a crownland and kingdom of the Austrian empire.
    • n bohemian A follower of John Huss; a Hussite.
    • n bohemian A gipsy.
    • n bohemian A person, especially an artist or a literary man, who leads a free and often somewhat dissipated life, having little regard to what society he frequents, and despising conventionalities generally.
    • n bohemian The ancient tongue of Bohemia, a member of the Slavic branch of the Aryan family.
    • bohemian Of or pertaining to Bohemia or its language.
    • bohemian Of or pertaining to, or characteristic of, the so-called Bohemians; unconventional; free from social restraints: as, a Bohemian life.
    • bohemian In ornithology, erratic; wandering; irregularly migratory; of unsettled habits.
    • n bohemian As employed by the French geologists, the later deposits of Silurian time, from the fine development of these strata in the Bohemian basin: equivalent to Upper Silurian or to Silurian in its restricted sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Bohemian bo-hē′mi-an applied to persons of loose or irregular habits: an artist or man of letters, or indeed any one, who sets social conventionalities aside
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Quotations

  • Djuna Barnes
    Djuna Barnes
    “Well, isn't Bohemia a place where everyone is as good as everyone else -- and must not a waiter be a little less than a waiter to be a good Bohemian?”
  • Jack Kerouac
    Jack Kerouac
    “It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “You can find her in the Bohemian Grove. Also, congress is in her belly. I present to her the middle finger. ”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bohémien, a gipsy, from the belief that these wanderers came from Bohemia.

Usage

In literature:

BOHEMIANS and MORAVIANS (Czekhes).
"Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations" by Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
Among the early homesteaders in the upper Mississippi Valley there were a substantial number of Bohemians.
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
A mammoth blush submerged the luckless Bohemian.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885" by Various
It tells the story of the loves of Louise, a Montmartre work-girl, and Julien, a poet of Bohemian tendencies.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
Former kings had invested the Bohemian nobles with possessions which he, moved by cupidity, determined to have back.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The wife of the archduke, assassinated with him, was a Bohemian, her maiden name being Sophie Chotek.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
In his early days he was a twenty-four-hour Bohemian.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
If any of you who read have even begun to peer into Bohemian New York you have undoubtedly visited the Lafayette as it is today.
"Greenwich Village" by Anna Alice Chapin
A Bohemian can't entertain any one but a Bohemian.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Oh, Vane, will you dine with me at the Bohemians on Friday?
"The Black Cat" by John Todhunter
She was a very literary young woman, much spoken of in Bohemian circles for elegance and graciousness.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
The Bohemians know everything and go everywhere, according as they have patent leather pumps or burst boots.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
Most travellers at least once in their lives go the round of Montmartre and its Bohemian shows.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
His affection for the nude was a shameful remnant of his Bohemian days.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
A small number of Bohemians and Poles had come, settling in the larger cities.
"Aliens or Americans?" by Howard B. Grose
Turks or Bohemians, it was all alike to her.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
But they were surely Bohemians born, and full of characteristics that were racial.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
With Mr. Frisbee was the late H.M. Bosworth, a leading organist and critic, Bohemian, etc.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
The signal for the latter was given by the Bohemian revolution in the spring of that year.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
Suddenly in 1617 the Bohemian Diet was summoned.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
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In poetry:

Whither hast thou, Fancy free,
Guided me,
Wild Bohemian sister dear?
All thy gypsy soul is stirred
Since yon bird
Warbled that the Spring was here.
"Spring Longing" by Emma Lazarus
Bohemian born, I guess, was I;
And should my wife her widowhood
By wedlock end I will not sigh,
But pack my grip and go for good,
To live in lands where laws are lax,
And innocent of Income Tax.
"The Mystery Of Mister Smith" by Robert W Service
To the field of Cressy boldly King Philip did advance,
Aided by the Bohemian Army and chosen men of France,
And treble the strength of the English Army that day,
But the lance thrusts of the English soon made them give way.
"The Battle of Cressy" by William Topaz McGonagall
And what is the moral of all this rot?
Don't try to be what you know you're not.
And if you're made on a muttonish plan,
Don't seek to seem a Bohemian;
And if to the goats your feet incline,
Don't try to pass for a Philistine.
"The Philistine And The Bohemian" by Robert W Service
Then Jack bore off the Standard, to the Prince's delight,
Then the French and the Bohemians instantly took to flight;
And as the last rays of the sun had faded in the west,
The wounded and dying on both sides longed for rest.
"The Battle of Cressy" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then King Edward and his army, and the Prince his son,
Knelt down and thanked God for the victory won;
And the King's heart was filled with great delight,
And he thanked Jack for capturing the Bohemian Standard during the fight.
"The Battle of Cressy" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A pair of recent off Broadway openings provided interesting takes on what used to be called bohemian life.
Used to be a city of "art, letters, and bohemians".
Mountain Dew 's "Bohemian Rhapsody" At the cost of $1.9 million per 30 seconds, Mountain Dew enlisted a male quartet for their "Bohemian Rhaspody" Super Bowl commercial.
And, along with a design team, Walker settled on a look that's bohemian with Spanish accents.
Drank Traditional Germanic brews are often ignored by American craftsmen who might rightfully resent the fact that "beer" is synonymous with Bohemian pilsners in red states.
Spotify takes hold in the U.S. North Bay Bohemian.
Released from juvenile hall, a bare-chested, bohemian ne'er-do-well goes on a vindictive rampage.
It was Manhattan's most outrageous bohemian-chic blowout, a booze-saturated salon that ran nonstop for the entire month of December 1999.
Bohemian waxwings and pine grosbeaks have been recorded from Maine to Michigan and Wisconsin.
Whatever your opinion of British rockers Queen, there's no denying that their signature song 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' which consists of six different sections and hundreds of overdubs, is amazingly complex.
North Bay Bohemian Book Passage.
The colorful vibrancy of the Whiteaker with its pastel houses and the fecund dishevel of its front-yard gardens can be credited to bohemian culture.
Stitch's Mod Plaid rayon-cotton blend in Flare, Pop Art, and Bohemian by KnollTextiles, 866-565-5858.
A memoir filled with wonderment, perceptively traces Pittman's im­probable path from a bohemian 70s childhood in Newfoundland to her current semi-domesticated life as a wife and a mother of three.
The Hot Club of San Francisco: Nympheas - from Bohemian Maestro: Django Reinhardt and Impressionists.
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