Definition of Bohemian

1. Noun. 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).

Exact synonyms: Gipsy, Gypsy, Roma, Romani, Romany, Rommany
Generic synonyms: Indian
Specialized synonyms: Gitana, Gitano

2. Adjective. Of or relating to Bohemia or its language or people.
Partainyms: Bohemia
Derivative terms: Bohemia

3. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Bohemia in the Czech Republic.
Group relationships: Czech Republic
Generic synonyms: European

4. Adjective. Unconventional in especially appearance and behavior. "A bohemian life style"
Similar to: Unconventional
Derivative terms: Bohemia

5. Noun. A nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life.
Generic synonyms: Nonconformist, Recusant

Definition of Bohemian

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

2. n. A native of Bohemia.

Definition of Bohemian

1. Noun. (context countable) A native or resident of Bohemia. ¹

2. Noun. (context uncountable) The dialect of the Czech language spoken in Bohemia. ¹

3. Noun. (context countable archaic) A Romani (Gypsy). ¹

4. Noun. (context countable slang) A marginalized and impoverished young artist, or member of the urban literati. ¹

5. Adjective. Of, or relating to Bohemia or its language. ¹

6. Adjective. 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). ¹

7. Noun. an unconventional or nonconformist artist or writer. ¹

8. Adjective. unconventional, especially in habit or dress. ¹

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Definition of Bohemian

1. an unconventional person [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bohemian

1. 1. Of or pertaining to Bohemia, or to the language of its ancient inhabitants or their descendants. See Bohemian. 2. Of or pertaining to a social gypsy or "Bohemian" (see Bohemian, 3); vagabond; unconventional; free and easy. "Hers was a pleasant Bohemian life till she was five and thirty." (Blackw. Mag) "Artists have abandoned their Bohemian manners and customs nowadays." (W. Black) Bohemian chatterer, or Bohemian waxwing, a small bird of Europe and America (Ampelis garrulus); the waxwing. Bohemian glass, a variety of hard glass of fine quality, made in Bohemia. It is of variable composition, containing usually silica, lime, and potash, rarely soda, but no lead. It is often remarkable for beauty of colour. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bohemian

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Literary usage of Bohemian

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

1. Our Slavic Fellow Citizens by Emily Greene Balch (1910)
"Statech Americkych " is a brief history and register of bohemian Catholic ... A history of the bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago from its founding in ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"THE bohemian War, as the military conflict of the year 1620 is usually called, ... The bohemian army had returned from its futile march on Vienna, ..."

3. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1891)
"bohemian Anne of Bohemia brought bohemian fashions church into London, and in her day bohemian students came even more readily to Oxford than to Pans. ..."

4. The Creeds of Christendom: With a History and Critical Notes by Philip Schaff (1919)
"Palacky was a descendant of the bohemian Brethren, and is the best authority on bohemian history. He died May 27,1876. Jus. A LEX. TOM II EI. ..."

5. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1878)
"bohemian LITERATURE IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY. bohemian history, together with bohemian literature and perhaps bohemian politics, are among those subjects ..."

6. The Beginnings of Modern Europe (1250-1450) by Ephraim Emerton (1917)
"conflict of the bohemian people against the combined forces of the Empire. ... The bohemian people, already aroused to a fierce consciousness of their ..."

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