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

Examples of bohemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nonetheless sketches invented lives of those seeking a new bohemia or the secret of happiness. Armond White, National Review, 10 May 2024 Even Alain’s relative bohemia of a furnished sublet is absurdly comfortable; if Jean’s circle of bankers and politicians reeks of money, Alain’s artistic one is perfumed by it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2024 In the early 20th century, New York City’s Greenwich Village earned a reputation as America’s bohemia, a neighborhood where everyone from artists and poets to activists and organizers came to pursue their dreams. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 So, make a trip of it — spend a few days in Key Largo or Islamorada near the upper end of the archipelago, dally on Marathon or Big Pine Key, and then settle in for some serious quirky culture, history, and bohemia in Key West. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, 27 Oct. 2023 By Malene Birger, whose brand reflects an eclectic vision of Scandinavian minimalism and contemporary bohemia, feels that uncertainty drives consumers to make better wardrobe investments. Cortne Bonilla, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2023 Set in the 1960s bohemia of Greenwich Village, the play follows a couple struggling to find their authentic selves during a period of radical social change. Antonio Ferme, Variety, 26 Feb. 2023 Like his artistic predecessor Alice Neel, Ahearn wasn’t comfortable within the precincts of self-conscious downtown bohemia, no matter how rad. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 26 Dec. 2022 The fountainhead of American bohemia, Greenwich Village has always departed from the straight and narrow. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022

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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 15 Jun. 2024.

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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