boudoir

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Borrowing from French boudoir, from bouder (to sulk).

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boudoir (plural boudoirs)

  1. A woman's private sitting room, dressing room, or bedroom.

Usage notes[edit]

Strictly refers only to a woman’s room, but sometimes used informally or humorously by men to refer to their inner sanctum, as in The Big Sleep (1939), by American writer Raymond Chandler, where Philip Marlowe (the hero, a man) says (p. 53):

“Tut, tut,” I said. “Come into my boudoir.”

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bouder +‎ -oir

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Noun[edit]

boudoir m (plural boudoirs)

  1. boudoir
  2. sponge, ladyfinger

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