bou·doir | \ˈbü-ˌdwär, ˈbu̇-ˌdwär, ˌbü-ˈdwär, ˌbu̇-ˈdwär \

Definition of boudoir 

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

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Part power suit, part boudoir dressing, the lacy number featured a classic double-breasted jacket in wool silk and a lace skirt with peekaboo panels. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Ashley Graham Redefines Power Dressing in Alexander McQueen," 5 July 2018 Now, Johnson does about seven boudoir shoots a week. Amanda Kingsbury, Indianapolis Star, "Ugly. Chubby. Scarred. Hate is washed away in Indiana photographer's swimsuit shoot," 10 July 2018 Wander from the creamy pastels of a Venetian palazzo into a sumptuous, boudoir-like interior, and then to a bustling and bawdy room celebrating Casanova’s cunning: gambling, prognosticating, and wooing nuns. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 This serves as offices, boudoirs, hospital rooms, air bases, the streets of Rome. John Timpane,, "'Catch-22' catches the spirit of the book at Curio Theatre Company in West Philly," 9 May 2018 In the image, Rihanna sports a pink lace bodysuit with red detailing that, while definitely intended for the boudoir, could be layered under a blazer or bomber as a way to channel Rih’s own daring style on the street. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna Previews Her Lingerie Collection as Only She Can," 24 Apr. 2018 The bad gal singer took to social media for the big reveal, dropping an Instagram post that featured Rihanna modeling one of the line’s boudoir pieces, a sheer pink floral bodysuit., "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Lingerie Line Is Here For Women Of All Sizes," 29 Apr. 2018 But romantic sparks fly, and the couple soon find themselves in the boudoir. Michael Heaton,, "'Aardvark' is a strange beast of a movie (review)," 13 Apr. 2018 Each of the hotel’s eight rooms—the boudoir, the butterfly room, the drugstore room, the emerald room, the photograph room, the prairie room, the ranch room, and the tackroom—all have unique decor that corresponds to the room name. Ana Calderone,, "Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's New Hotel Is Now Open—And Is Already Booked Up for 6 Months," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of boudoir

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

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