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 Bohemia (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 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 Today, a hint of bohemia remains in Sag Harbor, where the local fixtures include the musician Jimmy Buffett, the writer Jon Robin Baitz and the artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. New York Times, 29 May 2021 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, 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, 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,, 28 Sep. 2019 Susannah was smitten with punk rock and all manners of bohemia. Globe Staff,, 25 June 2019 The 11-piece collection combines both brand's particular approach to feminine bohemia. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Sep. 2018

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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 26 Sep. 2021.

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