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Bas bleu

noun (pl) bas bleus (bɑ blø)
a bluestocking; intellectual woman
Historical Examples

The author smacks not of the bas bleu; she is a simple woman in the truest sense of the word, and a regal grande dame as well.
The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin Emilia Pardo Bazn

She was welcomed as a sister spirit by the coterie which she has so elaborately eulogized in the “bas bleu.”
Lives of Celebrated Women Samuel Griswold Goodrich

bas bleu, said Bentnor, concealing his triumph at his own tactics in the lighting of his twenty-third cigarette.
Ainslee’s, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905 Various

Au reste, she has nothing of the bas bleu about her, and is very quiet and agreeable.
The Letters of Charles Dickens Charles Dickens

He is himself a plain practical man, who has no sympathy with the bas bleu movement.
Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.


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