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boutique

[boo-teek] /buˈtik/
noun
1.
a small shop or a small specialty department within a larger store, especially one that sells fashionable clothes and accessories or a special selection of other merchandise.
2.
any small, exclusive business offering customized service:
Our advertising is handled by a new Madison Avenue boutique.
3.
Informal. a small business, department, etc., specializing in one aspect of a larger industry:
one of Wall Street's leading research boutiques.
adjective
4.
of, designating, or characteristic of a small, exclusive producer or business:
one of California's best boutique wineries.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < French, Middle French, probably < Old Provençal botica, botiga (with Late Greek ē > ī) < Greek apothḗkē; see apothecary, bottega
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British Dictionary definitions for boutique

boutique

/buːˈtiːk/
noun
1.
a shop, esp a small one selling fashionable clothes and other items
2.
  1. of or denoting a small specialized producer or business
  2. (as modifier): a boutique winery
3.
a small specialized stall or shopping area within a supermarket, esp selling fresh meat, seafood, etc
Word Origin
C18: from French, probably from Old Provençal botica, ultimately from Greek apothēkē storehouse; see apothecary
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Word Origin and History for boutique
n.

"fashion shop," 1953, earlier "small shop of any sort" (1767), from French boutique (14c.), from Old Provençal botica, from Latin apotheca "storehouse" (see apothecary). Latin apotheca directly into French normally would have yielded *avouaie.

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