Definition of boulevardier in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbo͝oləvärˈdir//ˌbo͝oləvärˈdyā/


  • A wealthy, fashionable socialite.

    • ‘But we are rapidly becoming a society of religious boulevardiers, always on the move, not as itinerant monks who bring our faith with us, but as God-shoppers on the lookout for the best deal.’
    • ‘Christine, the boulevardier, made it a point to do it up big at Ascot one year in London.’
    • ‘It was a spectacular day for an idle boulevardier with time to kill in America's premier walking city.’
    • ‘It was six months before mine caught up with me and when I was too busy being a boulevardier I have to admit I was homesick.’
    • ‘Who is to say that, merely because a tourist is visiting Las Vegas, he or she does not also vacation in the Lake District, or live the life of a Parisian boulevardier?’
    • ‘‘I am being trained for the life of a boulevardier,’ says Temple.’
    • ‘It turns the boulevardier into a sequestered individual, the flaneur into a figure of privacy.’
    • ‘It would be good for your studies if you advised the boulevardier that you are attending college, not bartending school, and he should no longer count on you to be his minder.’
    • ‘He charmed the judges the way a boulevardier charms wealthy tourists.’
    • ‘Van Gogh hoped that together they could start a school of artists in the south, in contrast to ‘those decadent and rotten Parisian boulevardiers.’’
    • ‘But he's not just the witty boulevardier whose model looks have made him the thinking female student's crumpet for years.’
    • ‘He took up drinking in earnest as a young artillery officer on his way to World War I when he discovered that alcohol miraculously transformed him from an awkward quarryman's son to a sophisticated boulevardier.’
    • ‘Several minutes later, the last two men exit the sauna within seconds of each other, walking so casually that they might be a pair of boulevardiers going for a stroll.’
    • ‘Comprising five regions - Poitou-Charentes, Western Loire, the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy - Western France seduces and delights with the ease of a seasoned boulevardier.’
    • ‘Now she is toast, and affable Iain Martin - a boulevardier in his master's mould - has been appointed editor at the tender age of 30.’
    • ‘After ‘hanging out ‘together most of the day at my favorite Hollywood eateries and shopping centers, Scott and I headed for ‘Comic Relief ‘together, strutting like a couple of boulevardiers just off the boat from Stockholm.’’
    • ‘I shall take my time returning home, and will do my utmost to play the part of the idle downtown boulevardier today.’
    • ‘Much-too-tall Roddy Martine, the boulevardier of Leith Walk, lost an expensive new coat he'd bought while in New York for Tartan Day.’
    • ‘Manet shows Proust as a dandy, boulevardier and man of the world.’
    • ‘He is described as a boulevardier, and a ‘grossly over-promoted lightweight’.’
    fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rake
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Late 19th century: from French, originally in the sense ‘person who frequents boulevards’.