: boulevardier \bull-uh-vahr-DYAY\ noun
: a frequenter of the Parisian boulevards; broadly : man-about-town
Trevor fancies himself something of a boulevardier, and he appears in the newspaper’s society pages often enough that the label seems apt.
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The first boulevardiers got their name from the thoroughfares they frequented: the typically straight and geometrically precise boulevards of Paris. These particular men must have cut an impressive figure because the word “boulevardier” was eventually applied to any worldly and socially active man. Unlike many near-synonyms, “boulevardier” is generally a complimentary term. It differs from “flaneur” in that the latter refers to someone who is idle, and it doesn’t imply the same vanity and foolishness that words like “fop,” “dandy,” and “coxcomb” do.
- Flaneur-ing Right, Flaneur-ing Left (ppazucha.wordpress.com)