What does Bohemian mean?

Definitions for Bohemian
boʊˈhi mi ənbo·hemi·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gypsy, Gipsy, Romany, Rommany, Romani, Roma, Bohemiannoun

    a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)

  2. Bohemiannoun

    a native or inhabitant of Bohemia in the Czech Republic

  3. bohemianadjective

    a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life

  4. Bohemianadjective

    of or relating to Bohemia or its language or people

  5. bohemianadjective

    unconventional in especially appearance and behavior

    "a bohemian life style"


  1. bohemiannoun

    an unconventional or nonconformist artist or writer.

  2. bohemianadjective

    unconventional, especially in habit or dress.

    Please tell me you're not one of Toulouse's oh-so-talented, charmingly bohemian, tragically impoverished protu00E9gu00E9s! -Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!

  3. Bohemiannoun

    A native or resident of Bohemia.

  4. Bohemiannoun

    The dialect of the Czech language spoken in Bohemia.

  5. Bohemiannoun

    A Romani (Gypsy).

  6. Bohemiannoun

    A marginalized and impoverished young artist, or member of the urban literati.

  7. Bohemianadjective

    Of, or relating to Bohemia or its language.

    Please tell me you're not one of Toulouse's oh-so-talented, charmingly bohemian, tragically impoverished protu00E9gu00E9s! -Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!

  8. Bohemianadjective

    Of, or relating to the untraditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities (or by extension, major North American cities as well).

  9. Etymology: From bohémien, from Bohême; compare gypsy, from Egypt.


  1. bohemian

    A bohemian refers to a person who lives an unconventional, non-conformist lifestyle, often involved in the arts, who rejects or doesn't follow the norms and conventions of society. The term originated from the French word 'La Bohème', which originally referred to the Roma people who were mistakenly thought to have come from Bohemia, now a part of the Czech Republic. The term was later adopted to describe the countercultural artistic and literary movements in the 19-20th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bohemianadjective

    of or pertaining to Bohemia, or to the language of its ancient inhabitants or their descendants. See Bohemian, n., 2

  2. Bohemiannoun

    of or pertaining to a social gypsy or "Bohemian" (see Bohemian, n., 3); vagabond; unconventional; free and easy

  3. Bohemiannoun

    a native of Bohemia

  4. Bohemiannoun

    the language of the Czechs (the ancient inhabitants of Bohemia), the richest and most developed of the dialects of the Slavic family

  5. Bohemiannoun

    a restless vagabond; -- originally, an idle stroller or gypsy (as in France) thought to have come from Bohemia; in later times often applied to an adventurer in art or literature, of irregular, unconventional habits, questionable tastes, or free morals


  1. Bohemian

    A Bohemian is a resident of the former Kingdom of Bohemia, either in a narrow sense as the region of Bohemia proper or in a wider meaning as the whole country, now known as the Czech Republic. The word "Bohemian" was used to denote the Czech people as well as the Czech language before the word "Czech" became prevalent in English. "Bohemian" may also denote "a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bohemian

    bo-hē′mi-an, n. and adj. applied to persons of loose or irregular habits: an artist or man of letters, or indeed any one, who sets social conventionalities aside.—n. Bohē′mianism. [Fr. bohémien, a gipsy, from the belief that these wanderers came from Bohemia.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bohemian

    name given to one who lives by his wits and shuns conventionality.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bohemian

    A conceited dawdler in his duties. Shakspeare ridicules Simple as a Bohemian Tartar; both of which terms were applied to gipsies.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Bohemian

    One who leads a hand-to-mouth existence by literary or other precarious pursuits, who shuns the ordinary conventions of society, and aspires to that only of his fellows. The term originally meant a “Gipsy,” because the earliest nomadic people who overran Western Europe did so by way of Bohemia.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bohemian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bohemian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Bohemian in a Sentence

  1. Marge Piercy:

    [Long hair] is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket.

  2. Marge Piercy:

    Long hair is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket.

  3. Freya Rose:

    I do n’t think Kate Moss is going to go for anything ostentatious, kate Moss style is generally quite simple and unfussy – and maybe a little bit [ bohemian ] at heart. I think Kate Moss will have elements of some beautiful details – in the tiara or buckles or with monogramed features – but I think the dress itself will be quite understated.

  4. Brian May:

    It makes you wonder, well, we're still here for some reason, it's amazing where the time went ... Everybody's talking about 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which is nice. I think Freddie would be very proud and we are too.

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  • Manuela Tartaglia
    Manuela Tartaglia
    I believe the Word Bohemian is missused and a offensive Word toward the Hardworking Poeple wich came from Bohemia like my Grandmother and Mother.Their Moral Standards were very High, and I would never associate them with being a Hippie or an unconventional person. 
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