The interior of a women's clothing boutique.
An example of boutique is an independent store on Rodeo Drive that carries designer clothing.
- a small shop, or a small department in a store, where fashionable, usually expensive, clothes and other articles are sold
- a small, often exclusive agency or firm offering specialized services, as in advertising, investments, or law
Origin of boutiqueFrench ; from Classical Latin apotheca: see apothecary
- a. A small retail shop that specializes in gifts, fashionable clothes, accessories, or food, for example.b. A small shop located within a large department store or supermarket.
- A small business offering specialized products and services: an investment boutique; a health-care boutique.
Origin of boutiqueFrench, from Old French botique, small shop, from Old Provençal botica, from Latin apoth&emacron;ca, storehouse; see apothecary.
boutique - Investment & Finance Definition
A small, specialized brokerage or financial firm that offers a limited number of services and products. Typically, boutiques are started by people who leave large Wall Street firms, either because of a desire to create their own company or as a result of losing their job through a downsizing or firing. A boutique typically employs anywhere from a few people to several hundred people, compared with a global financial company that employs several hundred thousand people.