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a. A native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
b. A person of Bohemian ancestry.
2. The Czech dialects of Bohemia.
a. Archaic A Romani person.
b. An itinerant person; a vagabond.

[Sense 3, translation of French bohémien; see bohemian.]


A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.

[French bohémien, from Bohême, Bohemia (from the unconventional lifestyle of the Romani people, erroneously supposed to have come from there).]

bo·he′mi·an adj.
bo·he′mi·an·ism n.


1. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Bohemia, esp of the old kingdom of Bohemia; a Czech
2. (often not capital) a person, esp an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life
3. (Languages) the Czech language
4. of, relating to, or characteristic of Bohemia, its people, or their language
5. unconventional in appearance, behaviour, etc


(boʊˈhi mi ən)

1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
2. (esp. formerly) Czech (def. 1).
3. (usu. l.c.) a person who lives and acts without regard for conventional rules and practices.
4. (formerly) Czech (def. 2).
5. Archaic. Gypsy (def. 1).
6. of or pertaining to Bohemia or its inhabitants.
7. (usu. l.c.) pertaining to or characteristic of a bohemian.
Bo•he′mi•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bohemian - a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetellingBohemian - 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)
Indian - a native or inhabitant of India
gitana - a Spanish female Gypsy
gitano - a Spanish male Gypsy
2.Bohemian - a native or inhabitant of Bohemia in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic - a landlocked republic in central Europe; separated from Slovakia in 1993
European - a native or inhabitant of Europe
3.bohemian - a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
recusant, nonconformist - someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
Adj.1.Bohemian - of or relating to Bohemia or its language or people
2.bohemian - unconventional in especially appearance and behavior; "a bohemian life style"
unconventional - not conforming to accepted rules or standards; "her unconventional dress and hair style"


1. (often not cap.) unconventional, alternative, artistic, exotic, way-out (informal), eccentric, avant-garde, off-the-wall (slang), unorthodox, arty (informal), oddball (informal), offbeat, left bank, nonconformist, outré, out there (slang), boho bohemian pre-war poets
unconventional conservative, square (informal), conventional, bourgeois, stuffy, straight (slang), straight-laced, Pooterish
1. (often not cap.) nonconformist, rebel, radical, eccentric, maverick, hippy, dropout, individualist, beatnik, iconoclast, boho I am a bohemian. I have no roots.


A. ADJ (Geog, fig) → bohemio
B. N (Geog, fig) → bohemio/a m/f


adj (= from Bohemia) → bohémien(ne)
n (= person from Bohemia) → Bohémien(ne) m/f


adj (= unconventional) [writer, society] → bohème
bohemian life → la vie de bohème
n (= unconventional person) → bohème mf


Böhme m, → Böhmin f
(fig) bohemianBohemien m
(fig) bohemian (lifestyle)unkonventionell, unbürgerlich; circles, quarterKünstler-


1. adj (Geog) → boemo/a; (artist, life) → bohémien
2. n (Geog) → boemo/a; (artist, writer) → bohémien m inv
References in classic literature ?
During that burning day when we were crossing Iowa, our talk kept returning to a central figure, a Bohemian girl whom we had known long ago and whom both of us admired.
With this house it had been the Irish first; and then a Bohemian family had lost a child of it-- though, to be sure, that was uncertain, since it was hard to tell what was the matter with children who worked in the yards.
Yet it was merely a very pretty drawing-room, and within it a boudoir, both spread with white carpets, on which seemed laid brilliant garlands of flowers; both ceiled with snowy mouldings of white grapes and vine-leaves, beneath which glowed in rich contrast crimson couches and ottomans; while the ornaments on the pale Pariain mantelpiece were of sparkling Bohemian glass, ruby red; and between the windows large mirrors repeated the general blending of snow and fire.
I ejaculated, and, springing up, found myself face to face with a well-known painter whom you would have thought the most Bohemian fellow in London.
This ball was an exceptional affair, given some time before Shrovetide, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of a famous draftsman; and it was expected to be much gayer, noisier, more Bohemian than the ordinary masked ball.
In temperament he was a true scientific Bohemian, with the ideals of a savant and the disposition of an artist.
Your mother will add to them a recipe for a certain balsam, which she had from a Bohemian and which has the miraculous virtue of curing all wounds that do not reach the heart.
With a calm smile and a gentle wave of the hand, Monte Cristo signed to the distracted mother to lay aside her apprehensions; then, opening a casket that stood near, he drew forth a phial of Bohemian glass incrusted with gold, containing a liquid of the color of blood, of which he let fall a single drop on the child's lips.
it is not the place for a man like you, a man who plays with crowns and scepters as a Bohemian plays with his balls; it is not the place of a serious man, I said, to be shut up in a box like some freak of natural history; for you must understand it would make all your enemies ready to burst with laughter, and you are so great, so noble, so generous, that you must have many enemies.
What Mills had learned represented him as a young gentleman who had arrived furnished with proper credentials and who apparently was doing his best to waste his life in an eccentric fashion, with a bohemian set(one poet, at least, emerged out of it later) on one side, and on the other making friends with the people of the Old Town, pilots, coasters, sailors, workers of all sorts.
My own complete happiness, and the home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature.
Such were the total effects of this strange American Bohemian.