Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • New York Whether he is remembered as a fearsome bluebeard who went through six wives, a political tyrant who kept his executioner busy, the creator of the Anglican Church and despoiler of monasteries, or one of the most gifted and powerful monarchs of the early Renaissance, King Henry VIII of England (1491-1547) is among history's most renowned figures.

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  • Regarding Fables I also heard once he couldnt use peter pan he changed his captain hook character to bluebeard.

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  • The old bluebeard Henry, who spent his whole time in murdering his wives, was a nursery toy.

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  • Not the men who won't let you; —such a bluebeard of a man as your guardian, for instance.

    The Gold of Chickaree

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  • And when I say elders, I am not talking about those people just because he's got a long beard - every bluebeard does not make an Afghan elder.

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  • I have what I thought was a bluebeard bush, but it gets much bigger than the 3 ft mound they claimed.

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  • English phrases include to blue ` to squander, 'hence to blow, a bluebeard ` a man who marries in order to kill his wife,' taken from Charles Perrault's

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