Definition of Bohemian in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Bohemia.

    • ‘By the late second century C.E., peoples such as the Slavs, Germans, Huns, and Bohemians began to raid Austria.’
    • ‘The fact that any guests would be Jews or Bohemians barely registered on her.’
    • ‘The same result was attained on other frontiers by his successful campaigns against the Wends and Bohemians.’
  • 2A socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.

    • ‘Chess players themselves want to be considered artists and scientists, to live like Bohemians, and to earn like sportsmen.’
    • ‘He has knocked around with Cuban revolutionaries and Chilean novelists, New York jazz musicians and San Francisco bohemians, in the global intellectual village that stretches from Lima to Mysore.’
    • ‘There is no getting away from bohemians right now, though that does not mean you will run into any examples of the species on the streets of its American breeding ground, Greenwich Village.’
    • ‘Many penniless bohemians found commonality in Montmartre and lived unconventional lives whilst freely pursuing their creativity.’
    • ‘Still, the whole story is kind of dated, if for no other reason than that impoverished bohemians could afford to live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.’
    • ‘With artists and bohemians (always at war with the values of bourgeois society) leading the way, society jettisoned traditional boundaries and behaviors.’
    • ‘As the underground culture of 1960s America became a recognizable part of the mainstream in the Nineties, would-be bohemians discovered true bohemians.’
    • ‘Cutting-edge bohemians will always seek to prove their skyscraping levels of outsider cool by not eating, neglecting their own hygiene, and doing the kind of drugs that most of us are terrified of.’
    • ‘In its more recent times, Sozopol has been the favourite summer resort for bohemians and young people.’
    • ‘David Brooks coined the term ‘bobo’ to refer to bourgeois bohemians, but the newest generation of bobos might be better described as bourgeois booty-shakers.’
    • ‘It is not all that easy to follow the love-lives of these Bohemians.’
    • ‘It isn't just the bohemians of Commercial Drive who are saying ‘Right on!’’
    • ‘Later, they became home to the bohemians, some of whom called themselves ‘the water drinkers’ because that was all they could afford.’
    • ‘Walking the gallery, we see them gradually transformed from craftsmen and aspiring gentlemen to bohemians, political agitators, philosophers and pranksters.’
    • ‘Many bohemians believe that the government ought to ‘empower’ them with a large grant so that they can live an authentic and creative life free of the constraints of parents, bureaucrats or employers.’
    • ‘In New York, Orozco frequented vaudeville shows and Harlem nightclubs and joined in the discussions of the artists and bohemians who gathered at The Ashram, a salon held in a fashionable Manhattan apartment.’
    • ‘There, he meets a bawdy group of Bohemians led by painter Toulouse-Lautrec.’
    • ‘Celebrating a major retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London, this film double bill re-creates the photographer's social universe among the surrealists and bohemians of prewar Paris.’
    • ‘It is in part precisely because Paganism is a subculture at this time that it is likely to attract bohemians, hippies, goths, and all sorts of other non-conformists.’
    • ‘In the 1930s, a pair of German bohemians with an unhealthy interest in Nietzsche decided to abandon society in quest of their back-to-nature beliefs on Floreana, part of the Galapagos Archipelago.’
    nonconformist, unconventional person, beatnik, hippy, avant-gardist, free spirit, dropout, artistic person
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  • 1Relating to Bohemia or its people:

    ‘the tombs of Bohemian kings’
    ‘engraved Bohemian glass’
    • ‘Also secured was official authority of the Bohemian kings over Moravia.’
    • ‘References to Bohemian metalworking and glass traditions appear here and there.’
    • ‘During the day the bridge is so crowded with tourists and street vendors that it's difficult to move, but I manage to buy some beautifully crafted Bohemian glass trinkets for my mom and some friends.’
    • ‘It has a lovely, weathered, Bohemian charm to it.’
    • ‘Much better are Czech puppets, reasonably priced and wonderful creations - from the simplest hand puppet to terrifyingly complicated creations, from Bohemian witches to Harry Potter, wolves, cats and dragons.’
    • ‘The rarely heard Hussite overture opens the programme, a powerful piece laced with Bohemian rhythms and melodies, taking its name from the Hussite warriors of Czech folklore.’
    • ‘It was reinforced in the middle of the sixteenth century by the attempts of Ferdinand I, the Holy Roman emperor and Bohemian king, to bring the population back under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church.’
    • ‘Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows I'm a big fan of the Bohemian philosopher king, Vaclav Havel.’
    • ‘Ludvik Moser began making glassware at Carlsbad in 1857 and today Bohemian crystal is prized around the world.’
    • ‘People rush off to antique shops and pay a fortune for Bohemian glass but forget it came from the same glass works that now make Czechoslovakian Glass.’
    • ‘Although Bohemian glass decorators were certainly present in London around the dawn of the eighteenth century, the locals were already carving their own path.’
    • ‘With his dapper suits and Bohemian cravats, Demarco quickly became an instantly recognisable figure on the Edinburgh arts scene.’
    • ‘Rafael Kubelik, on the other hand, felt the affinities with Mahler's Bohemian origins.’
    • ‘The most prestigious traditional Bohemian glass decoration, Tiefschnit, or deep, intaglio carving, was also adopted by the artists of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘All have damask walls, marble floors and Bohemian crystal chandeliers.’
    • ‘Moravian wine is better than Bohemian wine.’
    • ‘I heard talk in the hostel of aqueducts and Bohemian quarters and local volcanoes, but I haven't seen them yet.’
    • ‘CAS, which is 60% proof, is handmade using traditional Bohemian skills and combines pure alcohol with wormwood, herbs and thujone.’
    • ‘After his enforced retirement from the army, Gillray's father became a sexton for the Moravians, a fundamentalist Christian sect of Bohemian origin.’
    • ‘Hundreds of restaurants offer everything from traditional Bohemian cooking to international cuisine.’
    unorthodox, unconventional, non-standard, unusual, uncommon, unwonted, out of the ordinary, radical, revolutionary, nonconformist, unconforming, irregular, offbeat, off-centre, avant-garde
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  • 2Socially unconventional:

    ‘she revelled in the Bohemian life of Montparnasse’
    • ‘A rebel and a pagan, he was an influential figure among the bohemian artists and writers of his time.’
    • ‘It is in this unique setting, along with their later Victorian courtroom, that the band truly thrives, and it is this bohemian attitude that really shines through in their music.’
    • ‘You could say we've reinterpreted the eastern way and the western way to create a kind of bohemian formula, in which I have a matriarchal lifestyle based on trust and freedom.’
    • ‘To this bourgeois solidity was added a faint, but only very faint bohemian tinge, brought about by Paul's father's job as the conscientious head of the local art school.’
    • ‘Much loved by the avant-garde, arty, bohemian set, it's cute and cosy with a certain romantic mystery.’
    • ‘She still does the singing though, and next week she's off on tour around the folk clubs and bohemian hotspots of the West Midlands, where there is still much to protest about.’
    • ‘Her clothes are not at all what I usually prefer; rather, they are much more offbeat, much more bohemian.’
    • ‘Then he argues that this means attracting bohemian types who like funky, socially free areas with cool downtowns and lots of density.’
    • ‘She was becoming more left-wing in her political sympathies, and wanting to pursue an artistic, almost bohemian lifestyle.’
    • ‘Once the hangout of arty bohemian types, the venue recently reopened after a 12-year hiatus.’
    • ‘The pursuit of truth was what the bohemian writers and artists of Montmartre were centrally concerned with.’
    • ‘The illusion of radicalism which comes with a free, bohemian lifestyle distracted the artist from the real potential of his art.’
    • ‘If you want alternative, bohemian boutiques, head for Greenwich Village.’
    • ‘She was very bohemian with her look and experimented with color a lot.’
    • ‘The actors and musicians, distinguished by various brushes strapped to their foreheads, are bohemian players evoking characters from the silent movies.’
    • ‘A number of autobiographies from writers within particular bohemian social groups reflects their different value system.’
    • ‘It'll be great while it lasts, until it is fully transformed into an upper middle-class bohemian enclave like the East Village.’
    • ‘Johnny spends his time blowing up mailboxes for his own amusement, picking up bohemian girls over in Greenwich Village and dabbling in card games round the neighbourhood.’
    • ‘I think you can only go so far ignoring the opposing forces in the cultural war now arrayed against bohemian libertarians.’
    • ‘She grew up in bohemian SoHo, the eldest of three children, and regularly cites her mother's little sayings as yardsticks by which she measures her unusual life.’
    unconventional, nonconformist, unorthodox, avant-garde, offbeat, off-centre, irregular, original, alternative, experimental, artistic, idiosyncratic, eccentric
    arty, arty-farty, way-out, off the wall, oddball
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