follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

bougie

[boo-jee, -zhee, boo-zhee] /ˈbu dʒi, -ʒi, buˈʒi/
noun
1.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a slender, flexible instrument introduced into passages of the body, especially the urethra, for dilating, examining, medicating, etc.
  2. a suppository.
2.
a wax candle.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French, after Bougie (< Arabic Bujāyah), town in Algeria, center of the wax trade
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for bougie

bougie

/ˈbuːʒiː; buːˈʒiː/
noun
1.
(med) a long slender semiflexible cylindrical instrument for inserting into body passages, such as the rectum or urethra, to dilate structures, introduce medication, etc
Word Origin
C18: from French, originally a wax candle from Bougie (Bujiya), Algeria
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bougie
n.

"wax candle," 1755, from French bougie "wax candle," from Bugia, Algeria, (Arabic Bijiyah), a town with a long-established wax trade.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
bougie in Medicine

bougie bou·gie (bōō'zhē, -jē)
n.
A cylindrical instrument, usually somewhat flexible and yielding, used for calibrating or dilating constricted areas in tubular organs, such as the urethra or rectum.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for bougie

Bougie

town, Mediterranean port, northeastern Algeria. The town lies at the mouth of the Wadi Soummam. Sheltered by Mount Gouraya (2,165 feet [660 m]) and Cape Carbon, it receives an annual average rainfall of 40 inches (1,000 mm) and is surrounded by a fertile plain. The older town, built on the mountain slope, descends to the French-built sector spread along the road to Algiers and containing the business and industrial quarters

Learn more about Bougie with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bougie

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bougie

9
12
Scrabble Words With Friends