bou·​le·​vard·​ier | \ ˌbu̇-lə-ˌvär-ˈdyā How to pronounce boulevardier (audio) , ˌbü-, -ˈdir How to pronounce boulevardier (audio) \

Definition of boulevardier

: a frequenter of the Parisian boulevards broadly : man-about-town

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The first boulevardiers got their name from the thoroughfares they frequented: the typically straight and geometrically precise boulevards of Paris. These particular men must have cut an impressive figure because the word boulevardier was eventually applied to any worldly and socially active man. Unlike many near-synonyms, "boulevardier" is generally a complimentary term. It differs from "flaneur" in that the latter refers to someone who is idle, and it doesn't imply the same vanity and foolishness that words like "fop," "dandy," and "coxcomb" do.

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An elaborate cast of colorful characters keeps showing up out of nowhere, just as artists, writers, boulevardiers and other colorful visitors paraded through the Stein household in Paris. Mark Swed,, "Opera UCLA proves Susan B. Anthony, more than ever, remains 'The Mother of Us All'," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of boulevardier

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boulevardier

French, from boulevard

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