Definition of boudoir in English:



humorous, historical
  • A woman's bedroom or small private room.

    • ‘Eastern versions of the bedrooms from Deep South plantation houses began to appear as did French boudoirs la Louis XIV, while four-poster beds and drapes signified Olde England.’
    • ‘The idea that we congregate in our boudoirs and plan to become walking temptations always has me in fits.’
    • ‘A precious opium-eating den, with a boudoir for hire and an elegant powder room, this hangout is lavish and otherworldly.’
    • ‘A week before she arrived in each city, Keaton reports, she'd send an interior decorator to redo her suite and dressing room, with ‘magnificent mirrors with gold frames and drapes suitable to one of the fabulous boudoirs at Versailles.’’
    • ‘Alternatively, transform your living room into a bohemian boudoir: the Moulin Rouge nightclub, Paris.’
    • ‘With its opulent boudoirs, quaint cul-de-sacs and misty train stations, it's not the way France actually looked, but the way we wish it did.’
    • ‘Once fans have finished furnishing their rooms, they're being encouraged to send pictures of their boudoirs to the official Olsen twins' website, where they will be posted.’
    • ‘It is telling that key interactions with each of his ladies take place in the inner recesses of the Hall, in boudoirs, closets, and parlors, and that as long as Orlando himself is in the Hall, his hold on both seems secure.’
    • ‘The majority take the theme of boy meets girl as their starting point, but some have extra qualities that make them more suited to the boudoir than the bathroom.’
    • ‘I cannot decide whether I should have followed my wife and friends to their respective boudoirs at a civilised hour, or shared the experience live with the other fanatics who stayed up to witness the end of an era.’
    • ‘The décor of ‘male’ and ‘female’ rooms was distinguished, with dark panelling prevalent in dining and billiard rooms, lighter plasterwork in drawing rooms, boudoirs, and bedrooms.’
    • ‘In the tome, full of glamorous soft-focus pictures of the footballer, he waxes lyrical about the art of seduction, with fish his favourite weapon for luring girlfriends from the dining room to the boudoir.’
    • ‘The empress's favourite, and perhaps more, he is admitted to her private boudoir in the Little Hermitage.’
    • ‘Make your way past the alabaster nudes and sepia prints of West in better days; step over the polar bear shagpile rug, and into the salmon-pink inner sanctum of her boudoir, and what would you find?’
    • ‘Guests will disembark at a landing quay before heading below the surface to their watery boudoirs with views out into the open ocean.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean your living room needs to take on the look of a boudoir - keep backgrounds, walls and furniture simple.’
    • ‘By the age of 10, girls were banished to their boudoirs, barred from venturing out or pursuing anything but domestic activities.’
    • ‘The boudoir began as the small room with a dressing table adjoining the bedroom.’
    • ‘So smooth, indeed, are the transitions he effects that we find ourselves in the boudoir even before we realise we have left the marketplace behind.’
    • ‘His private boudoir was heaped with the stuff, and there was a full-length mirror hung above the bed.’
    bedchamber, chamber, bedroom, dressing room, room
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Late 18th century: French, literally ‘sulking-place’, from bouder ‘pout, sulk’.