- The definition of a boutique is a store where trendy, often expensive, clothing is sold.
An example of boutique is an independent store on Rodeo Drive that carries designer clothing.
The interior of a women's clothing boutique.
boutique definition by Webster's New World
- a small shop, or a small department in a store, where fashionable, usually expensive, clothes and other articles are sold
- a small, independent agency as for advertising or investments
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin apotheca: see apothecary
boutique definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: French, from Old French botique, small shop, from Old Provençal botica, from Latin apothēca, storehouse; see apothecary.
boutique - Business Definition
- A small specialized retail store offering a limited product line that attracts a relatively small clientele.
- A small specialized service operation, sometimes within a larger organization. For example, a small hotel might cater to wealthy travelers.
- A relatively small, specialized brokerage company. Also called investment boutique.
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.