Bluebeard


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blue·beard

 (blo͞o′bîrd′)
n.
A man who first marries and then murders one wife after another.

[After Blue Beard, translation of French Barbe Bleue, a character in a story by Charles Perrault (1628-1703).]
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Bluebeard

(ˈbluːˌbɪəd)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) a villain in European folk tales who marries several wives and murders them in turn. In many versions the seventh and last wife escapes the fate of the others
2. a man who has had several wives
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Blue•beard

(ˈbluˌbɪərd)

n.
a man who successively marries and murders several wives.
[after the villain in a fairy tale by C. Perrault]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bluebeard - (fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience
fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale - a story about fairies; told to amuse children
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Translations
Ridder Blåskjegg

Bluebeard

[ˈbluːbɪəd] NBarba Azul
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References in classic literature ?
I looked daggers at the husband; he looked daggers at me, and occasionally looking at his wife, gave her a glance which was like the opening of Bluebeard's closet.
"My strict orders were to make myself agreeable to a young woman who lives in a sort of bluebeard's house, where no visitors are allowed and smiling is prohibited."
The other passengers she had absorbed; the seat behind her was her Bluebeard's chamber.
Maggie looked bewildered for a moment, and Tom enjoyed that moment keenly; but in the next she laughed, clapped her hands together, and said, "Oh, Tom, you've made yourself like Bluebeard at the show."
Ambrose awful; but the quickest witted cried "Bluebeard!" as he passed.
The boy, curly-headed like his mother and glowing with health, sat on his knee, and Prince Andrew began telling him the story of Bluebeard, but fell into a reverie without finishing the story.
If Red-Eye was a Bluebeard, Lop-Ear was hen-pecked; and I imagine that Red-Eye was too shrewd ever to covet Lop-Ear's wife.
He only says 'want.' 'Want Europe,' if he's Napoleon; 'want wives,' if he's Bluebeard; 'want Botticelli,' if he's Pierpont Morgan.
I lingered in the long passage to which this led, separating the front and back rooms of the third storey: narrow, low, and dim, with only one little window at the far end, and looking, with its two rows of small black doors all shut, like a corridor in some Bluebeard's castle.
She had a vivid imagination; she had, besides, read the Arabian Nights and Guthrie's Geography; and it is a fact that while she was dressing for dinner, and after she had asked Amelia whether her brother was very rich, she had built for herself a most magnificent castle in the air, of which she was mistress, with a husband somewhere in the background (she had not seen him as yet, and his figure would not therefore be very distinct); she had arrayed herself in an infinity of shawls, turbans, and diamond necklaces, and had mounted upon an elephant to the sound of the march in Bluebeard, in order to pay a visit of ceremony to the Grand Mogul.
I'm sorry for Mister Bluebeard, I'm sorry to cause him pain; But a terrible spree there's sure to be When he comes back again.
"Then I 'd better not go down," began Polly, when a stern voice from below called, like Bluebeard, "Are you coming down?"