Hi,(often not capital) a person, esp an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life
The quoted words are the definition about bohomian. I looked it up and learned it refers to people living in Czech.
I am very curious why Bohomians are associated with such a trait in English. Please help. Thank you!
Literary "Bohemians" were associated in the French imagination with roving Romani people (called "bohemians" because they were believed to have arrived from Bohemia), outsiders apart from conventional society and untroubled by its disapproval. The term carries a connotation of arcane enlightenment (the opposite of Philistines), and also carries a less frequently intended, pejorative connotation of carelessness about personal hygiene and marital fidelity. The Spanish Gypsy in the French opera "Carmen" set in Seville, is referred to as a "bohémienne" in Meilhac and Halévy's libretto (1875).