Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A community of persons with artistic or literary tastes who adopt manners and mores conspicuously different from those expected or approved of by the majority of society.
  • n. The district in which bohemians live.

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  • n. Alternative capitalization of Bohemia

Etymologies

Back-formation from bohemian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Just as "bohemia" was the refuge of impecunious artists and writers, so Mexico will be to some NOB retirees.

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  • The word "bohemia" has many romantic connotations: thick dark forests, strong beer and fine glassware.

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  • His accent is somewhere between Portobello Road bohemia and public school.

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  • It's something to do with bohemia and computers ...... it's the underground with computers.

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  • Good bets include Göran Olsson's "The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975)," "Tyrannosaur" (the debut feature by British actor Paddy Considine), Nicolás Pereda's "Summer of Goliath" and "Microphone," whose look at contemporary Egyptian bohemia is of timely interest.

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  • Hip is a moveable feast and as new wealth arrives, the new residents and professional developers are turning Berlin's bohemia into the new bourgeoisie.

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  • Here I thought you were Bohemian and I said no my folks are from downstate and he says no bohemia isn't really a place anymore it's a state of mind for people who have aesthetic values and I said my sister is an aesthetician she graduated from Lane School of Hairdressing.

    He's Sarcastic

  • He is a man at ease in the life of a 21st-century aesthete, swaying between glamour and bohemia, the realms of Hollywood (with whose denizens he parties and for which he's written screenplays) and the Cape (where he's a beloved friend to brilliant people who eschew worldly ambition).

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  • At the bustling Orna and Ella bistro on Shenkin Street—synonymous with Tel Aviv bohemia—celebrities and entertainment executives nosh on pastries and sip espresso, not unlike at L.A.'s Toast.

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  • Today's bohemia, according to Mr. Chanler-Berat, may be somewhere off the L train.

    Bohemia or Bushwick

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