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)


Obsolete French, from boulevard, boulevard; see boulevard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French boulevardier, from boulevard +‎ -ier. (Wiktionary)


  • 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".

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  • 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".

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Gorodetsky is cast as a boulevardier, sitting at a little table having a coffee.

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  • The boulevardier aspects of the relationship hardly need elaboration, and indicate the commonalities between the two men beneath their differing aesthetic and political tastes.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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