bo·​he·​mia bō-ˈhē-mē-ə How to pronounce bohemia (audio)
often capitalized
: a community of bohemians : the world of bohemians

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gibling set the tone for life at 835 Kings Road, fostering a bohemia that rivalled any in Greenwich Village. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 21 July 2022 Varda’s feminist vision embraces love, whimsy, joyful bohemia and tenderness no less than healthy anger over injustice. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 Coupled with parted bangs and slightly ragged ends, Jenner's hair suddenly skimmed her waist, the style screaming '90s and with a gritty take on bohemia favored by era-favorites like Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2022 In that era, the Strand grubstaked downtown bohemia. Alex Traub, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Without the bourgeoisie’s staid and starchy mores, there is no bohemia. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 The bag itself spoke to the moment, with its jaunty insouciance, its effortless blend of elegance and bohemia, its ability to traverse the rapidly disappearing border between uptown and down. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 2 Oct. 2021 The Federal Writers’ Project thrived under the unlikely leadership of the rumpled, melancholic journalist Henry Alsberg, who had deep roots in literary and political bohemia. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 Krasner adeptly assembled movers and shakers in the art world — critics, gallerists, collectors, painters, and other denizens of New York bohemia — around their dinner table in the country., 7 July 2021 See More

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Word History


translation of French bohème

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bohemia was in 1854

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“Bohemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Bo·​he·​mia bō-ˈhē-mē-ə How to pronounce Bohemia (audio)
variants or Čechy
ˈche-kē How to pronounce Bohemia (audio)
region of western Czech Republic; once a kingdom, later a province; capital Prague

see also bohemian sense 1

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