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.

Examples of boutique in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their first child, Liam James, was born in July 2017, after The Little Market co-founder and her lawyer beau tied the knot in a September 2014 sunset ceremony at a boutique winery. Joelle Goldstein,, "Lauren Conrad Shows Off Her Baby Bump & Admits to Having Mixed Feelings About Approaching Due Date," 17 Sep. 2019 Delrahim said that the DOJ was watching the antitrust litigation between the Radio Music Licensing Committee that represents 10,000 broadcasters and the boutique performance rights organization, GMR, which represents about 75 top-level songwriters. Ed Christman, Billboard, "ASCAP & BMI Consent Decrees Review Expected to Conclude This Year While Both Sides Argue Worst-Case Scenarios," 12 Sep. 2019 The boutique label has a formidable fall season with three offerings that were all met with positive reviews out of Toronto. Brent Lang,, "10 biggest winners and losers at the Toronto Film Festival," 12 Sep. 2019 The station was quickly closed down as scuffles took place between protesters and police; the district’s glitzy boutiques also brought down their shutters. Time, "Clashes Erupt in Hong Kong as Thousands March on the U.S. Consulate to Call for Washington's Support," 8 Sep. 2019 Fashion designers and boutiques from across the state will show at the event. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "She came to Louisville homeless. Now this veteran earns 6 figures as a fashion designer," 4 Sep. 2019 Word came from Paris that an influential boutique in the Marais called the Broken Arm wanted to turn the second floor of its store over to S.R. Studio. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media," 2 Sep. 2019 And now, the beauty-boutique powerhouse has done some more low-key launches, this time with hair products. Marci Robin, Teen Vogue, "Sephora Launched Its Own Line of Hair Products," 1 Sep. 2019 And now, the beauty-boutique powerhouse has done some more low-key launches, this time with hair products. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sephora Collection Quietly Launched a New Line of Hair Products," 31 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boutique.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of boutique was in 1767

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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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