from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who first marries and then murders one wife after another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The hero of a mediæval French nursery legend, who, leaving home, enjoined his young wife not to open a certain room in his castle. She entered it, and found the murdered bodies of his former wives. -- Also used adjectively of a subject which it is forbidden to investigate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience
After Blue Beard, translation of French Barbe Bleue, a character in a story by Charles Perrault (1628-1703).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)