Bohemian



a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
(usually lowercase) a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices.
the Czech language, especially as spoken in Bohemia.
a Gypsy.
of or relating to Bohemia, its people, or their language.
(usually lowercase) pertaining to or characteristic of the unconventional life of a bohemian.
living a wandering or vagabond life, as a Gypsy.
Contemporary Examples

Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt November 5, 2010
A Novelist’s Biracial Struggle John Douglas Marshall March 11, 2010
Sam Rockwell on ‘The Way, Way Back,’ His Troubled Youth & More Marlow Stern July 4, 2013
Louis Vuitton, Chanel, McQueen Cap Paris Spring 2013 Fashion Week Shows Robin Givhan October 2, 2012
I’m Not The Sort of Man Who Goes To Prostitutes Louis Bernières October 17, 2008

Historical Examples

The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2 Various
Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner

noun
a native or inhabitant of Bohemia, esp of the old kingdom of Bohemia; a Czech
(often not capital) a person, esp an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life
the Czech language
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of Bohemia, its people, or their language
unconventional in appearance, behaviour, etc
n.

The term ‘Bohemian’ has come to be very commonly accepted in our day as the description of a certain kind of literary gipsey, no matter in what language he speaks, or what city he inhabits …. A Bohemian is simply an artist or littérateur who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art. [“Westminster Review,” 1862]

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