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[boo-dwahr, -dwawr] /ˈbu dwɑr, -dwɔr/
a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.
Origin of boudoir
1775-85; < French: literally, a sulking place (boud(er) to sulk + -oir -ory2) Unabridged
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  • When the curtain went down she took refuge with the master in the tiny salon which formed a kind of boudoir behind.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • "You shall have your own boudoir upstairs," said Sidney valiantly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But there was little enough of the fine lady's boudoir in the simple morning-room of Madame de Ventadour.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It occurred to her that this might possibly be the key of the boudoir.

  • I ain't wise to the way things ought to be done on one of these boudoir boats, but I wants everyone to be happy.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • But I must keep all the stories for the evening; come to my boudoir, and I will read them to you.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • It must not suggest the palace, and certainly not the boudoir.

  • "I am to show you into this room, Excellency," said Felice, leading the way to the boudoir.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • I hope you will forgive the liberty I took in locking the door of the boudoir.

    Cashel Byron's Profession George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for boudoir


/ˈbuːdwɑː; -dwɔː/
a woman's bedroom or private sitting room
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: room for sulking in, from bouder to sulk
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Word Origin and History for boudoir

1777, "room where a lady may retire to be alone," from French boudoir (18c.), literally "pouting room," from bouder "to pout, sulk," which, like pout, probably ultimately is imitative of puffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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