from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man about town.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man who frequents the boulevards; thus, a man about town or bon vivant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A frequenter of a city boulevard, esp. in Paris.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who frequents a boulevard, especially in Paris.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a visitor of a city boulevard (especially in Paris)
My Merriam-Webster 11th Edition, the standard medium-size 'Merkin dictionary, has "boulevardier" as showing up in 1871 as "a frequenter of the Parisian boulevards, broadly: MAN-ABOUT-TOWN".
That focus led one critic to sneer that the dramatist "followed mid-century middle-class man into middle age using the middle-class conventions of the boulevardier to do it".
Reading "Gossip" is like watching Norman Mailer begin one of those sentences whose ending is not yet known to the author, the difference being that Mailer liked to pose as a Nietzschean Ubermensch taking leaps into existential voids while Mr. Epstein is a rambling boulevardier who just isn't sure yet where he'll eat lunch.
If Menotti looks like the sort of care-worn, silk-shirted boulevardier you might stumble across singing a mournful version of For the Good Times in a Stockholm cabaret, Bilardo is the psychotic sea captain who'd jump on stage, slit his throat and fashion a necklace out of his vertebrae.
It's a wonder that the authors didn't frame the story as a biography of Casper Holstein innovator, racketeer, proud black man, stylish boulevardier and even philanthropist.
Gorodetsky is cast as a boulevardier, sitting at a little table having a coffee.
The boulevardier aspects of the relationship hardly need elaboration, and indicate the commonalities between the two men beneath their differing aesthetic and political tastes.
Her boulevardier wardrobe, her trademark cigarette/sneer, her unruly Beethoven bob: She has precisely distilled, or perhaps invented, our idea of what a "sardonic New York literary curmudgeon" should look like and has stuck to it faithfully for decades.
Now, with the trusty Gillis at his side, he would try on the role of San Francisco boulevardier, dipping into the rarefied waters of West Coast bohemia, which his brief exposure a few months earlier to Artemus Ward, Adah Isaacs Menken, Ada Clare, and other seasoned culture warriors had encouraged him to sample.
He was the young boulevardier I'd seen on Strasbourg station ... hut what the hell was he doing here, and what was the matter with my legs '?
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