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[bloo-beerd] /ˈbluˌbɪərd/
a fairy-tale character whose seventh wife found the bodies of her predecessors in a room she had been forbidden to enter.
any man alleged to have murdered a number of his wives or other women.
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Bluebeardism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Bluebeard
Contemporary Examples
  • Her next book, a horror novel based on the Bluebeard legend, promises to do likewise.

    Food Fetishes Nick Antosca July 23, 2009
Historical Examples
  • Then Bluebeard invited the widow and her daughters to spend a week with him, and many of their neighbours he also invited.

  • People will talk, you know, and it did look as though he were a sort of Bluebeard.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • "You are just like Bluebeard's wife," began Rudolf, but Peter—as was his way—paid no attention to either of them.

    The Wonderful Bed Gertrude Knevels
  • You talk as though it were a kind of Bluebeard's Chamber of Horrors.

  • Bluebeard visited their house, and at length proposed to Fatima, was accepted by her, and they were married with great splendour.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
  • Mrs. Bluebeard would have parted with her, but she had no other female relative.

  • Bluebeard, though a bad husband, is supposed to have been fond of his last wife.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • The next day Sister Anne came with a face full of care to Mrs. Bluebeard.

  • Things like this 'Bluebeard's Chamber' of his—that isn't like the Rupert we knew.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for Bluebeard


a villain in European folk tales who marries several wives and murders them in turn. In many versions the seventh and last wife escapes the fate of the others
a man who has had several wives
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Bluebeard in Culture

Bluebeard definition

A fairy tale character from the Charles Perrault collection. The character is a monstrous villain who marries seven women in turn and warns them not to look behind a certain door of his castle. Inside the room are the corpses of his former wives. Bluebeard kills six wives for their disobedience before one passes his test.

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