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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A historical region and former kingdom of the present-day western Czech Republic. The Czechs, a Slavic people, settled in the area between the 5th and 6th centuries AD. A later principality was independent until the 15th century, when it passed to Hungary and then to the Habsburg dynasty of Austria. When Bohemia was incorporated into the newly formed state of Czechoslovakia in 1918, its capital, Prague, became the new nation's capital.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A country of central Europe.
  • noun Fig.: The region or community of social Bohemians. See Bohemian, n., 3.

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  • proper noun a region in the west of the former Czechoslovakia and present-day Czech Republic.
  • noun A community of bohemians, unconventional artists or writers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a historical area and former kingdom in the Czech Republic
  • noun a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style

Etymologies

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Latinized translation of French Bohème, from Late Latin Boiohæmum, compound of Germanic -*haimaz ‘home’ (more at home) and Boio- ‘the Boii’, the Celtic tribe previously inhabiting the area. Bohemia was abandoned by the Boii ca. 60 b.c. and settled by the Germanic Marcomanni shortly thereafter. Related to Bavaria.

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