noun, often capitalized
bo·​he·​mia | \ bō-ˈhē-mē-ə How to pronounce bohemia (audio) \

Definition of bohemia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a community of bohemians : the world of bohemians


geographical name
Bo·​he·​mia | \ bō-ˈhē-mē-ə How to pronounce Bohemia (audio) \
variants: or Čechy \ ˈche-​kē How to pronounce Čechy (audio) , -​ḵē \

Definition of Bohemia (Entry 2 of 2)

region of western Czech Republic; once a kingdom, later a province; capital Prague

see also bohemian sense 1

Examples of bohemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a San Francisco where Slouching Towards Bethlehem has given way to Salesforce Tower, Last Black Man is a reminder of the bohemia and activism the city once fostered. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Filmmakers — and Childhood Friends — Reflect on Making First Feature," 2 Jan. 2020 The duo reached for accessories designed to amplify their already impressive aesthetics, silver, gold, and coordinated twined stones making the case for contemporary bohemia. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa Prove They Have the Best Couples Hair in Hollywood," 22 Oct. 2019 On the south side is a venerable houseboat community with 20 floating homes and berths for more than 30 small boats, a bit of floating bohemia. Carl Nolte,, "The changed city is sometimes appealing to an old San Franciscan," 28 Sep. 2019 Susannah was smitten with punk rock and all manners of bohemia. Globe Staff,, "Susannah Hunnewell, Paris Review publisher and a deft editor and interviewer, dies at 52," 25 June 2019 The 11-piece collection combines both brand's particular approach to feminine bohemia. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sézane Is Launching Their First Ready-To-Wear Collection With Sea," 4 Sep. 2018 From curtains to wedding decor all the way to plant hangers, macramé adds a touch of bohemia to any design. Lennie Larkin, Sunset, "10 Ways to Make a Statement with Hanging Plants," 22 Jan. 2018 Liana Satenstein, Fashion News Writer Miuccia Prada trippin’ on whimsy, Art Nouveau, Ossie Clark, and Biba; a perverse take on flower power bohemia. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "From Chanel Fall ’91 to Jean Paul Gaultier Spring ’94, 16 Collections We’d Like to See Reissued Now," 20 Oct. 2017 Libbey’s point of view has since manifested itself throughout the tiny and beloved bohemia. Lauren Johnson And Jesse Sparks, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of bohemia


1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bohemia


translation of French bohème

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“Bohemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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