boutique

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noun, often attributive bou·tique \bü-ˈtēk\

Definition of boutique

  1. 1a :  a small shop dealing in fashionable clothing or accessoriesb :  a small shop within a large department store

  2. 2 :  a small company that offers highly specialized services or products <boutique wineries> <an independent investment boutique>

boutiquey

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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.

Origin and Etymology of boutique

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


First Known Use: 1767


BOUTIQUE Defined for English Language Learners

boutique

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noun, often attributive bou·tique \bü-ˈtēk\

Definition of boutique for English Language Learners

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


BOUTIQUE Defined for Kids

boutique

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noun bou·tique \bü-ˈtēk\

Definition of boutique for Students

  1. :  a small fashionable shop


Law Dictionary

boutique

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noun bou·tique \bü-ˈtēk\

Legal Definition of boutique

  1. :  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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