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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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somebody who leads an alternative lifestyle, they are not hippies because they can have an extremly wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature etc they are usually very creative people. they are above all optimists, even if they can be very cynical too(it does make sense...sort of). they like wearing a mixture of wierd clothes and mix different fashions together just for the heck of it. they like weed. genrally very laid back and relaxed.
rainbow bowler hat yeah!!!! im making some flares out of this really nice material its lots of little squares of different coloured tartan sewed together (patchwork) woop!
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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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Someone who tries to live by the ideals of truth, freedom, love, and all those beautiful-sounding concepts.

Someone who kinda does their own thing and as a consequence has a kinda weird fashion sense
"I got this really bohemian vintage dress from the thrift shop"
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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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A vague term used to refer to people who live some sort of "alternative", often artistic lifestyle. The term is associated - although not exactly synonymous - with the term hippie. The term originally came to be used in this sense in 19th century France, in an attempt to liken non-conventional artist types to Romani (gypsies), who the French associated with Bohemia in Central Europe (today part of the Czech Republic).
1. I went to this really cool, bohemian café in Barcelona, full of hippies and Rastas.

2. Jeff thinks he's some sort of bohemian, but really he's just a massive waster.
by backpacker_x2 January 28, 2011
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Bohemians live in alternative spaces, these are places that are not normally considered suitable for living in. They don't make wealth their priority. Money is only a means of survival, so they can live for their arts/craft/music/literature...etc
Miranda and Ivan live in an old abandoned cynagogue, where they paint all day long. Sometimes they sell their art so they can afford to eat.
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