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

Examples of bohemianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My postgraduate studies in low-life bohemianism seemed even shoddier by contrast. Lucy Sante, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 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. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 Her bohemianism has as its telos: husband and children and keeping house. Saidiya Hartman, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2023 She’s known for her playful approach to fashion, shifting effortlessly from a vampy screen siren on the red carpet to a more casual, Californian bohemianism for her day-to-day looks. Liam Hess, Vogue, 27 Jan. 2021 An aspiring sculptor in her charmed youth, Betty is an emblem of the family’s unfortunate drift into bohemianism. Daniel Akst, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 Minimalism and a colorful bohemianism continue to be mainstays of the regional style, but there’s a vibe shift taking place. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 15 Aug. 2022 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 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 29 Feb. 2024.

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