A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.
Origin of bohemian
French bohémien from Bohême Bohemia (from the unconventional lifestyle of the Romani people, erroneously supposed to have come from there)
(comparative more bohemian, superlative most bohemian)
- unconventional, especially in habit or dress.
- Please tell me you're not one of Toulouse's oh-so-talented, charmingly bohemian, tragically impoverished protégés! -Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!
From French bohémien (“person from Bohemia, Romani”), from Bohême (“Bohemia”). Regarding the sense evolution, compare gypsy.
(countable and uncountable, plural Bohemians)
- (countable) A native or resident of Bohemia.
- (uncountable) The dialect of the Czech language spoken in Bohemia.
- (countable, archaic) A Gypsy, a Romani.
- (countable, slang) A marginalized and impoverished young artist, or member of the urban literati.
- Of, or relating to Bohemia or its language.
- Of, or relating to the untraditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities (by extension, major North American cities as well).
Bohemia + -ian
In sense of Romani and by association, marginalized artists, from French bohémien (“person from Bohemia, Romani”), from Bohême (“Bohemia”). Regarding the sense evolution, compare gypsy.