noun, often attributive
bou·​tique | \ bü-ˈtēk How to pronounce boutique (audio) \

Definition of boutique

1a : a small shop dealing in fashionable clothing or accessories
b : a small shop within a large department store
2 : a small company that offers highly specialized services or products boutique wineries an independent investment boutique

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Other Words from boutique

boutiquey \ bü-​ˈtē-​kē How to pronounce boutiquey (audio) \ adjective

Apothecaries, Bodegas, and Boutiques

Apothecary, bodega, and boutique may not look very similar, but they are all related both in meaning and in origin. Each of these words can be traced back to a Latin word for “storehouse” (apotheca), and each one refers in English to a retail establishment of some sort. Although bodega initially meant “a storehouse for wine,” it now most commonly refers to a grocery store in an urban area, especially one that specializes in Hispanic groceries. Boutique has also taken on new meanings: its first sense in English (“a small retail store”) is still current, but it now may also denote “a small company that offers highly specialized products or services.” Of the three words, apothecary has changed the least; it has gone from referring solely to the person who sells drugs or medicines to also naming the store where such goods are sold.

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Her first resort in the region is the Hotel San Cristóbal, a 32-room beachfront boutique hotel about 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas on an atmospheric stretch of desert dotted with elephant cacti. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 As other gyms add juice bars and workout classes to emulate high-end boutique studios, the company is winning over newcomers with a simple selection of machines, free pizza nights and television commercials that poke fun at gym buffs. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "No-Frills Gym Chain Bulks Up Thanks to Workout Boom," 19 Mar. 2019 In Charlotte, boutique fitness studios and retailers have been popping up more often in recent years, as people prioritize fitness and spend more on their well-being. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Another upscale fitness brand is coming to Charlotte," 20 June 2018 This will mean more restaurants, gourmet grocers, beauty shops, boutique fitness studios and pet grooming services, Aikens said. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Commerce Twp. project aims to be blueprint for Amazon-proof retail district," 7 May 2018 Enter, Brrrn, a brand new boutique fitness studio in New York City that specializes in cold workouts., "I Tried A Cold Workout & Had Zero Chill About It," 1 May 2018 Click on the websites for any of the major boutique studios. Lavanya Ramanathan,, "Is your spin class too young, too thin and too white?," 19 Mar. 2018 Philly, like many big cities, is seeing a boom in boutique fitness studios. Aubrey Nagle,, "Ending cash bail in Philly, new school board nominees, more bike lanes for Center City | Morning Newsletter," 19 Mar. 2018 Gympass promises unlimited access to a network of fitness providers that includes workout gyms as well as boutique studios for activities like yoga, martial arts, cycling and dance. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Wish your employer would offer gym memberships? This company hopes to inspire them | The Kansas City Star," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of boutique

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for boutique

French, shop, probably from Old Occitan botica, ultimately from Greek apothēkē storehouse — more at apothecary

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English Language Learners Definition of boutique

: a small store that sells stylish clothing or other usually expensive things


bou·​tique | \ bü-ˈtēk How to pronounce boutique (audio) \

Kids Definition of boutique

: a small fashionable shop


bou·​tique | \ bü-ˈtēk How to pronounce boutique (audio) \

Legal Definition of boutique

: a small company that offers highly specialized services or products specifically : a small law firm that offers services in one or a small number of legal areas

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