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boudoir

[boo-dwahr, -dwawr] /ˈbu dwɑr, -dwɔr/
noun
1.
a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French: literally, a sulking place (boud(er) to sulk + -oir -ory2)
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  • And ultrafeminine clothes that look as if they were meant for the boudoir are now right for the street.
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  • Pillows can be made any size, from boudoir pillows to bed rests.
  • Jim is trying to think up an excuse for that slightly inebriated blonde with whom he is innocently sharing a boudoir.
  • In the next scene is the boudoir chair that inspired the inflated wig.
  • He must, one guesses, have been familiar with the boudoir games he narrates so well.
  • The ravishing wisps of lace, satin and silk on these and the following pages certainly look as if they belong in the boudoir.
  • Adjoining the bedroom is the boudoir, furnished in the same motif.
British Dictionary definitions for boudoir

boudoir

/ˈbuːdwɑː; -dwɔː/
noun
1.
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
n.

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.

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