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Meaning of boutique

bou•tique

Pronunciation: (b-tēk'), [key]
— n.
  1. a small shop or a small specialty department within a larger store, esp. one that sells fashionable clothes and accessories or a special selection of other merchandise.
  2. any small, exclusive business offering customized service: Our advertising is handled by a new Madison Avenue boutique.
  3. a small business, department, etc., specializing in one aspect of a larger industry: one of Wall Street's leading research boutiques.
—adj.
  1. of, designating, or characteristic of a small, exclusive producer or business: one of California's best boutique wineries.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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