Definition of Bluebeard

1. Noun. (fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience.

Definition of Bluebeard

1. 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.

Definition of Bluebeard

1. Proper noun. A famous fairytale written by Charles Perrault in 1697 about a violent nobleman who has the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of his current wife to avoid the same fate. ¹

2. Proper noun. The nobleman who is the title character of the story. ¹

3. Noun. A man who married and then murdered one wife after another. ¹

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Definition of Bluebeard

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bluebeard

Blue Banana
Blue Dog
Blue Dogs
Blue Ensign
Blue Hill
Blue Jay
Blue Jays
Blue Max
Blue Mountain tea
Blue Mountains
Blue Nile
Blue Planet
Blue Riband
Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Mountains
Blumberg's sign
Blumenau's nucleus
Blumenbach's clivus

Literary usage of Bluebeard

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Jamaican Song and Story: Annancy Stories, Digging Sings, Ring Tunes, and by Walter Jekyll, Alice Werner, C. S. Myers, Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1907)
"THERE was a man named Mr. bluebeard. He got his wife in his house an' he general ... An' Mr. bluebeard was a old-witch an' know what was going on at home. ..."

2. Reminiscences of Henry Angelo: With Memoirs of His Late Father and Friends by Henry Angelo (1830)
"The following may be given as a specimen of his poetry at Wargrave, where he wrote the dialogue and songs of " bluebeard," which was performed there. ..."

3. Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern by Edgar Saltus (1906)
"bluebeard was no more a creation of Perrault or of Offenbach than Don Juan was a creation of ... Both really lived, but bluebeard the more demoniacally. ..."

4. Blue-beard, a Contribution to History and Folk-lore: Being the History of by Thomas Wilson (1899)
"... APPENDIX B bluebeard STORIES The story of bluebeard has permeated modern literature. Reference is made to some of its publications. ..."

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