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noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Bluebeard, a fairy-tale character Date: 1822 a man who marries and kills one wife after another
n. 1 a man who murders his wives. 2 a person with a horrible secret. Etymology: a character in a fairy-tale told orig. in F (Barbe-Bleue) by Perrault
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 subject which it is forbidden to investigate. The Bluebeard chamber of his mind, into which no eye but his own must look. --Carlyle.