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Borrowed from French boulevardier, from boulevard +‎ -ier.



boulevardier (plural boulevardiers)

  1. A man who frequents the boulevards; thus, a man about town or bon vivant.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 20:
      Sitting alone at his window-seat, he was like an old boulevardier fallen on hard times, waspish, inward, slothful.
    • 2007 August 19, Alex Marshall, “The Extreme Boulevardier”, in New York Times[1]:
      The 19th century was the age of the flaneur and the boulevardier, figures who made strolling down Fifth Avenue or Broadway, often vividly attired, a fashionable activity worthy of their counterparts in Paris or London.



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boulevardier (third-person singular simple present boulevardiers, present participle boulevardiering, simple past and past participle boulevardiered)

  1. (intransitive) To strut or show off like a boulevardier.
    • 1914, Robert Page Lincoln, "Wood Hollow Days", Chapter VI, Forest and Stream (83) (Dec 5, 1914) p. 739
      One spectacular being clothed liked a boulevardiering cavalier and having the mein of a finished chesterfieldian gentleman was noted seated in an oak near the cabin one day. ... It was a northern butcher-bird, the aggressive shrike ....
    • 1999, Bruce Dundore, "The Eagle Has Landed", Advertising Age (May 1, 1999) [2]
      It's safe to say that the baby boom generation is the most self-obsessed group of people ever to have boulevardiered the planet.
    • 2010, Chris Moss, 1000 Great Holiday Ideas (Time Out Books) p. 110
      For that quick romantic getaway, a weekend in the city of love, especially in spring or autumn, still delivers in terms of candlelit bistros, afternoons in cafés and boulevardiering in the Marais.



boulevardier (feminine singular boulevardière, masculine plural boulevardiers, feminine plural boulevardières)

  1. boulevardier (attributive)


boulevardier m (plural boulevardiers, feminine boulevardière)

  1. boulevardier

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