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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "“Unorthodox,” Reviewed: A Young Woman’s Remarkable Flight from Hasidic Williamsburg," 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, "The Big Myth Behind the ‘Real New Yorker’," 24 Jan. 2020 These were clothes that were resourceful, inventive, and emotional, and despite Adrover’s own bohemianism, rather classical. Vogue, "It’s Been 20 Years Since Miguel Adrover Disrupted NYFW—8 Ways That He Was Ahead of His Time," 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, "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

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First Known Use of bohemianism

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Bohemianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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