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[boh-hee-mee-uh] /boʊˈhi mi ə/
Czech Čechy. a region in the W Czech Republic: formerly a kingdom in central Europe; under Hapsburg rule 1526–1918. 20,101 sq. mi. (52,060 sq. km).
(often lowercase) a district inhabited by persons, typically artists, writers, and intellectuals, whose way of life, dress, etc., are generally unconventional or avant-garde.
(often lowercase) the social circles where such behavior is prevalent. Unabridged
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  • It must be remembered that Bohemia is no insignificant part of the empire.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • I have existed in a magic Bohemia, largely of my own making.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • The "Tales from Bohemia" collected in this volume represent his early creative work.

    Tales From Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens
  • They knew, through the comradeship of all Bohemia, exactly what she meant.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The fate of the King of Bohemia was soon to be decided elsewhere than in his hereditary dominions.

    History of Holland George Edmundson
  • Whereupon, they plunge again into the Unseen, and thence to Bohemia.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The third crown-land of Bohemia is the Duchy of Silesia, with an area of 1,987 square miles.

  • Especially in Bohemia, where many of its daughters set their caps for him.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for Bohemia


a former kingdom of central Europe, surrounded by mountains: independent from the 9th to the 13th century; belonged to the Hapsburgs from 1526 until 1918
an area of the W Czech Republic, formerly a province of Czechoslovakia (1918–1949). From 1939 until 1945 it formed part of the German protectorate of Bohemia-Moravia Czech name Čechy German name Böhmen (ˈbøːmən)
a district frequented by unconventional people, esp artists or writers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Bohemia

central European kingdom, mid-15c., Beeme, from Middle French Boheme "Bohemia," from Latin Boiohaemum (Tacitus), from Boii, the Celtic people who settled in what is now Bohemia (and were driven from it by the Germanic Marcomans early 1c.; singular Boius, fem. Boia, perhaps literally "warriors") + PIE *haimaz "home" (see home (n.)). Attested from 1861 in meaning "community of artists and social Bohemians" or in reference to the district where they live (see bohemian).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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