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 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 In the weeks and days leading up to my boudoir shoot, the body-image obsessions continued. Jamie Friedlander, Glamour, "Taking Boudoir Photos Made Me Less Anxious About My Body," 24 Oct. 2019 The low-rent boudoir theme extended to our rooms: peeling wallpaper, musty curtains and ancient table lamps casting just enough light to confirm that, yes, those were dead bugs in the ceiling fixtures. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "How to Pivot From a Dud of a Destination," 24 Sep. 2019 His machinations are heard before they’re seen, from the point of view of his lover, Jeanine (Juliet Berto), who overhears just such a perverse purchase from the sleek calm of her boudoir. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Mr. Klein,” a Political Mystery of Mistaken Identity in Occupied Paris," 6 Sep. 2019 Inside the magazine: the boudoir-style photoshoot, where model Marquita Pring was also featured. Nicolette Mason, Glamour, "The New Supers," 26 Aug. 2019 There’s a beauty boudoir in the back, decorated with Art Deco-style cosmetic stations and a circular burgundy velvet banquette. Khanh T.l. Tran,, "First U.S. Charlotte Tilbury store opens in L.A.," 10 July 2019 The house where The Golden Girls was set featured many iconic rooms, but none stood out quite like Blanche’s chic boudoir, and that was the point. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Golden Girls Production Designer Slept with Blanche’s Iconic Bedspread to Keep It from Being Stolen," 9 July 2019 The first, and most seductive, Invitation (2019), is a teasing boudoir portrait of a young man lying on his stomach, turned to face the viewer, plucking at his thong with a sly confidence. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 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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3 Dec 2019

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“Boudoir.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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