boudoir

noun
bou·​doir | \ ˈbü-ˌdwär How to pronounce boudoir (audio) , ˈbu̇-ˌdwär, ˌbü-ˈdwär, ˌbu̇-ˈdwär How to pronounce boudoir (audio) \

Definition of boudoir

: a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room

Examples of boudoir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was the hip-hop soul era, when balladeers wore hoodies and chunky boots and relocated their tales of seduction from the boudoir to the street. Los Angeles Times, "Andre Harrell’s radical, genius idea: Hip-hop and R&B belonged together," 10 May 2020 Start by creating an atmosphere with some comforting rose scents in your boudoir, perhaps with Diptyque’s Rosa Geranium candle or an Ortus Rise Diffuser in red currant, rose, and balsam. Kathryn O'shea-evans, Bloomberg.com, "How to Plan the Ultimate Date Night For Yourself," 5 May 2020 In a perfect world, I’d be quarantined in one of the period rooms, curled up with a book on that comfy-looking white sofa in the opulent boudoir of the eighteenth-century Hôtel de Crillon. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "New York’s Art World Faces the Coronavirus Shutdown," 26 Mar. 2020 For his lovelorn character, Mr. Yovanovitch constructed an apartment inside the gallery (parlor, dining room, boudoir and bedroom) and decorated the interiors as a way to debut his new furniture collection. New York Times, "A Panorama of Design," 20 Nov. 2019 Our new boudoir was a sad muddy brown color that could best be described as depressing. NBC News, "How redesigning our master bedroom gave my marriage a boost," 19 Jan. 2020 The contents of her carry-on include the requisite travel documents, her passport (which is encased in a Smythson passport holder), a Chopard ballpoint pen, a D.Porthault boudoir pillow, and an oversized pashmina which also serves as a blanket. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 Bernard is a bisexual, biracial beekeeper, and though Bernard’s business is booming, he simply cannot be bothered to properly beautify the buzzing bees’ boudoirs. Colin Heasley, The New Yorker, "Situations with a Lot to Unpack," 16 Nov. 2019 There, a pink-upholstered tub chair from the Spanish company Munna, with long boudoir-ish silk fringe, catches the eye, as does a vintage semicircular sofa by Adrian Pearsall. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "They Don’t Call Them Hot Desks for Nothing," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of boudoir

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boudoir

French, from bouder to pout

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The first known use of boudoir was in 1777

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20 May 2020

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“Boudoir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boudoir. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of boudoir

old-fashioned : a woman's bedroom or private room for dressing or resting

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