Movement of artist and poets in late 19th century France, especially in Paris. Bohemians believed in living outside of the bourgeois (conventional, middle class) mainstream culture. Bohemians were against the Salon (the institution that controlled the literary and art market in France until the turn of the 20th century)and believed that art and literature should be radical. They often gathered in "cafes" and drank absinthe. Many Bohemians were politically radical, being either anarchists or members of the Commune de Paris during the Franco-Prussian war. The Bohemian movement died out at the turn of the century but had a large influence on later movements such as surrealism, the beat generation, and punk rock.
Toulouse - Lautrec depicted the romanticized life of many Bohemians, although the reality of the life-style was often very difficult and tragic.
by carac01 November 23, 2006
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An individual looked upon in society as strange and different. Imagination controls a Bohemian's life, alot of the time destroying them in the process.
Bohemians care very little for money and (some) stay secluded spending their lives creating art, music and literature.
Without Bohemians, the world would be a complete bore.
Many famous creations were that of a Bohemian
by Percy Buttisker January 02, 2006
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A person from the Kingdom of Bohemia...

The Kingdom of Bohemia was established september 26 1212.
the lands that were once known as Bohemia are now known as the Czech Republic.

the "bohemians" that were the 'different' artists/poets of 19th century france were simply called that because the french in thier infinite ignorance assumed that gypsy people came from the Kingdom of Bohemia... not even true anyway.
-how can you call yourself Bohemian? your wearing a dress suit and couldn't paint your way out of a wet paper bag...

-my family left the Kingdom of Bohemia for America 130 years ago
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This term is incorrectly said to refer to a person who leads their life without regard to conventional standards of behaviour because that is how Gypsies lived and it was believed that Gypsies originally hailed from Bohemia, part of what is modern-day Czech Republic. Gypsies actually emigrated from northern Indian so it should also be noted that the term "Gypsy" which is derived from "Egyptian" is also incorrect although it is more widely accepted. The most etymologically correct term would be "Romani" or "Romany" which is the Gypsies original word for themselves.
Person 1: "Look at that hippie, he's such a Bohemian."
Person 2: "He doesn't look like a Czech to me."
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A hipster who doesn't want to be called a hipster.
Hipster 1: "Hey, man, have you heard of <obscure band>?"

Hipster 2: "Yeah, I used to like them, but now they've sold out. I like their old stuff, like <obscure song from obscure band>. Hey, have you been to <local thrift shop>?"

Hipster 1: "Yeah, but I don't like how they carry stuff from <popular clothing brand>. Clashes with my ironic mustache, you know?"

Hipster 2: "Uh-huh. Hey, listen, aren't hipsters terrible?"

Hipster 1: "Yeah, I was into hipsterism before it was cool. Now it's too mainstream. It's a good thing we're "Bohemian," and not hipsters."
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A pretentious, pseudo-intellectual, hipster who smokes pot but still listens to classical music and wears a turtleneck. They pretend to be artists or writers, but have greater ability for sitting in coffee shops all day writing their vanity project on the laptop their daddy bought for them while the unemployment benefits roll in.
"Did you see that bohemian in here yesterday?"

"Yea I really wanted to punch him in the face"
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a person for Bohemia. a country that is now part of the Check republic post ww 1
by angie54703 September 27, 2005
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