noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Bluebeard, a fairy-tale character Date: 1822 a man who marries and kills one wife after another

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  • Bluebeard — is the title character in a famous fairy tale about a violent nobleman and his curious wife. It appeared in Charles Perrault s Les Contes de ma Mère l Oye , first published in 1697.ynopsisBluebeard was a wealthy aristocrat, feared because of his… …   Wikipedia

  • Bluebeard — Blue beard, n. The hero of a medi[ae]val French nursery legend, who, leaving home, enjoined his young wife not to open a certain room in his castle. She entered it, and found the murdered bodies of his former wives. Also used adjectively of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bluebeard — [blo͞o′bird΄] n. a character in an old folk tale who married and then murdered one wife after another …   English World dictionary

  • Bluebeard —    The eponym Bluebeard, a noun meaning a man who successively marries and murders several wives is the main character in Charles Perrault s story Barbe Bleue, published in Contes du Temps (1697). The adjective bluebeard means not to enter or be… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Bluebeard — Bluebeardism, n. /blooh beard /, n. 1. a fairy tale character whose seventh wife found the bodies of her predecessors in a room she had been forbidden to enter. 2. any man alleged to have murdered a number of his wives or other women. * * * or… …   Universalium

  • Bluebeard — /ˈblubɪəd/ (say bloohbeard) noun 1. (in folklore) a villainous man who marries and murders several wives; in a popular version his seventh wife finds in a forbidden room the bodies of the other six. 2. any man alleged to have murdered a number of …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Bluebeard — noun a) A famous fairytale written by in 1697 about a violent nobleman who has the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of his current wife to avoid the same fate. b) The nobleman who is the title character of the story …   Wiktionary

  • BLUEBEARD —    a wealthy seigneur, the owner of a castle; marries a beautiful woman, and leaves her in charge of the keys of the apartments in his absence, with injunctions not to unlock any of the doors, an injunction which she fails to respect, and finds… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Bluebeard — Blue|beard an evil character in old European stories who got married many times, and each time killed his wife …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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