bo·​he·​mi·​an·​ism bō-ˈhē-mē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce bohemianism (audio)
often capitalized
: the unconventional way of life of bohemians

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Hippie bohemianism was out and underground hipsterism was in. Marc Myers, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2022 The death of bohemianism, even in a documentary that’s paying loving homage to it, is not quite a happy subject. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 9 July 2022 Prueitt and Robertson radiated a particular kind of Gen X bohemianism—dedicated, ambitious, and breezy. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 16 June 2022 Part mentor and part intellectual pugilist, Gibson imported a kind of alienated bohemianism to the school. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 At first, its Kinfolk-esque aesthetics alarmed me because the web was already awash with that sort of minimalism — often exemplified by Modernist interiors or the sleek bohemianism of luxury Airstreams. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Her glamorous new bestie Minna, the girlfriend of her colleague Nick, seems to know much that Lili doesn’t, and charms Lili with her careless bohemianism. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 Haynes couldn’t tell you exactly when the music of another band came across his radar, the group that would bridge the gap between the Brill building, Baudelaire, and downtown New York bohemianism. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2021 Launched as a ready-to-wear brand at a time when the category was still emerging, Chloé has always been known for its Left Bank bohemianism. Vogue, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bohemianism was in 1854

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“Bohemianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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