bou·​doir ˈbü-ˌdwär How to pronounce boudoir (audio)
ˌbu̇-ˈdwär How to pronounce boudoir (audio)
: a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room

Examples of boudoir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep it classic with the bright-white or ivory finish, or add a pop of color to your boudoir with the muted clover or dusk hue options. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 On Friday, Selena Gomez started wracking up the likes on Instagram with a couple of sultry selfies taken in what looks like her boudoir. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 1 July 2023 Set up your boudoir, playroom, love den, etc. as a safe space to explore your passions. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 1 July 2023 The home itself spans an incredible 54,000 square feet and has 25 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms, as well as multiple kitchens, living rooms, boudoirs, reception rooms, and other areas suitable for entertaining a large number of guests. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 3 May 2023 Reprising compositions of artists such as Matisse and Ingres, Justice fills in female forms with intricate marbling and swaps out interior boudoir décor for trees and plants. Globe Staff,, 3 May 2023 From Silk boudoir shoes created for the 1867 Paris Exposition to the early 1940s leather spectator pumps signed by the New York Yankees, this new exhibit features more than 100 striking pairs of shoes spanning nearly 200 years and multiple countries. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 30 May 2021 Leading them is the sensitive soul at the center of it all, a mesmerizing Kearstin Piper Brown as Esther, who has lived in a Lower Manhattan boarding house for the past 18 years toiling alone over her sewing machine, creating exquisite undergarments for women to wear in their boudoir. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 31 Jan. 2022 Canovas lined the walls of the boudoir, a family sitting room, with Bien Aimée, his famous glazed cotton pattern of enormous peonies and large blue-and-white jars. Marie-Noëlle Lanoote, House Beautiful, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


French, from bouder to pout

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boudoir was in 1777

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“Boudoir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

from French boudoir "lady's dressing room," literally, "a place to sulk," from bouder "to sulk"

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