One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.‘Warhol and the artists and bohemians he worked with in the 1960s’nonconformist, unconventional person, beatnik, hippy, avant-gardist, free spirit, dropout, artistic personView synonyms
Socially unconventional in an artistic way.‘as an opera singer you live a bohemian lifestyle’‘the urban setting and jazz score give the film a bohemian feel’‘a bohemian community of artists’unconventional, nonconformist, unorthodox, avant-garde, offbeat, off-centre, irregular, original, alternative, experimental, artistic, idiosyncratic, eccentricView synonyms
Mid 19th century: from French bohémien ‘Gypsy’ (because Gypsies were thought to come from Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic), or because they perhaps entered the West through Bohemia).
A native or inhabitant of Bohemia (now the western part of the Czech Republic).
- ‘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.’
Relating to Bohemia or its people.‘the tombs of Bohemian kings’‘engraved Bohemian glass’
- ‘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.’
- ‘With his dapper suits and Bohemian cravats, Demarco quickly became an instantly recognisable figure on the Edinburgh arts scene.’
- ‘It has a lovely, weathered, Bohemian charm to it.’
- ‘After his enforced retirement from the army, Gillray's father became a sexton for the Moravians, a fundamentalist Christian sect of Bohemian origin.’
- ‘Ludvik Moser began making glassware at Carlsbad in 1857 and today Bohemian crystal is prized around the world.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I heard talk in the hostel of aqueducts and Bohemian quarters and local volcanoes, but I haven't seen them yet.’
- ‘All have damask walls, marble floors and Bohemian crystal chandeliers.’
- ‘The most prestigious traditional Bohemian glass decoration, Tiefschnit, or deep, intaglio carving, was also adopted by the artists of the avant-garde.’
- ‘Rafael Kubelik, on the other hand, felt the affinities with Mahler's Bohemian origins.’
- ‘Hundreds of restaurants offer everything from traditional Bohemian cooking to international cuisine.’
- ‘Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows I'm a big fan of the Bohemian philosopher king, Vaclav Havel.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘CAS, which is 60% proof, is handmade using traditional Bohemian skills and combines pure alcohol with wormwood, herbs and thujone.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Also secured was official authority of the Bohemian kings over Moravia.’
- ‘Although Bohemian glass decorators were certainly present in London around the dawn of the eighteenth century, the locals were already carving their own path.’
- ‘Moravian wine is better than Bohemian wine.’
- ‘References to Bohemian metalworking and glass traditions appear here and there.’
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