Definitions for boutiquebuˈtik

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a small shop or specialty department within a larger store, esp. one that sells fashionable items.

  2. any small, exclusive business.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a small business specializing in one aspect of a larger field:

    a pension boutique.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  4. (adj.)exclusive, exotic, or small-scale: producing boutique products.

    boutique beer.


Origin of boutique:

1760–70; < F, MF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boutique, dress shop(noun)

    a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry


  1. boutique(Noun)

    A small shop, especially one that sells fashionable clothes, jewelry and the like.

  2. boutique(Noun)

    A small shop located within a larger one.

  3. boutique(Adjective)

    Specialized in bespoke or custom-made products for clientele in a niche market.

  4. Origin: From boutique.


  1. Boutique

    A boutique is a small shopping outlet, especially one that specializes in elite and fashionable items such as clothing and jewelry. The word is French for "shop", via Latin from Greek ἀποθήκη, "storehouse". The term entered into everyday English use in the late 1960s when, for a brief period, London was the centre of the fashion trade. Carnaby Street and the Kings Road were the focus of much media attention as home to the most fashionable boutiques of the era. Now the East of London has been regenerated and more Boutiques pop up in fashionable areas, such as Tower Bridge Road. It can also refer to a specialised firm such as a boutique investment bank or boutique law firm. The word is often used to describe a property in the independent section of the hotel market in order to distinguish themselves from larger chains. In such cases the establishments aim to convey the idea that the operation is elite and highly specialised. In the strictest sense of the word, boutiques would be one-of-a-kind but more generally speaking, some chains can be referred to as boutiques if they specialize in particular styles. Recently, the term "boutique" has started being applied to normally-mass-market items that are either niche or produced in intentionally small numbers at very high prices. This may be referred to as boutique manufacturing. For example, before the release of the Wii, a Time Magazine article suggested that Nintendo could become a "boutique video-game company", producing games for niche audiences, rather than trying to compete directly with Microsoft and Sony.

Translations for boutique

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a fashionable, usually small shop, especially one selling clothes

She prefers small boutiques to large stores.

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