noun, often capitalized
bo·​he·​mi·​an·​ism | \ bō-ˈhē-mē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce bohemianism (audio) \

Definition of bohemianism

: the unconventional way of life of bohemians

Examples of bohemianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her Gallic bohemianism neither overlaps with nor lines up in opposition to Bill’s blue-collar stolidity. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 30 July 2021 Think of the association of healthy-yet-intoxicating Californian bohemianism with the clothing brand Reformation or of turbocharged techno-masculinity with Tesla cars. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2021 Vivid and sleek, the lineup perfectly reflected the refined bohemianism that has become the calling card for Chloé. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Dec. 2020 The artist’s playful blend of old French style and modern bohemianism is distinctly his own. Lindsey Tramuta, ELLE Decor, 13 Nov. 2020 The city of Berlin is portrayed as a fantasy of secular, multicultural bohemianism, and by the end of the series Esty has assumed the look of a starlet, her pixie cut suddenly chic and paired with red lipstick. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2020 The sophistications of New York — the diversity, the bohemianism, creativity and acceptance which made it unlike anywhere else — have been in the process of a slow, successful export. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2020 These were clothes that were resourceful, inventive, and emotional, and despite Adrover’s own bohemianism, rather classical. Vogue, 4 Sep. 2019 Jonathan Player for The New York Times Min Hogg, founding editor of The World of Interiors magazine, the beloved, sumptuous chronicle of old world bohemianism, died on Monday at her home in London. New York Times, 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of bohemianism

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Bohemianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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