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

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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, "Min Hogg, World of Interiors Editor, Dies at 80," 28 June 2019 Surridge was a surprise hire in 2017, a menswear designer enlisted to revive a brand long identified with a sultry sort of bohemianism. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Paul Surridge Is Out at Roberto Cavalli. What’s Next for the Italian Brand?," 25 Mar. 2019 The city had ceded its bohemianism to its newfound wealth as the toll of the AIDS epidemic climbed higher and higher. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 This kind of hard-living, fast-loving bohemianism might have been acceptable for a Hemingway; not so much for a Puerto Rican woman. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Listening to the Words of Puerto Rican Poet Julia de Burgos After Hurricane Maria," 1 May 2018 Berlin may be known more for its techno clubs and all-round bohemianism, but the once-affordable German capital is now also home to fastest-rising property rates in the world. Eli Meixler, Fortune, "The City With the World's Fastest Rising Property Rates? Berlin," 11 Apr. 2018 The air of international bohemianism hadn’t yet descended on the pueblo. Tyrone Beason, The Seattle Times, "A reporter feels the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s promised land on a Mexican mountaintop," 31 Mar. 2018 But then, bohemianism is first and foremost a state of mind—that of people who are disinclined to follow rules and formulas, and who value the notion of a life well lived. Gregory Cerio, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A New York City Apartment That Embraces Bohemian Style," 3 Aug. 2016 Per Götesson and PRLE’s Andreas Danielsson proposed poetic takes on menswear, the former playing with proportions and deconstruction, the latter with a 70s-inflected bohemianism. Vogue, "7 New Brands Moving Swedish Fashion Forward," 29 Jan. 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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