a. A small retail shop that specializes in gifts, fashionable clothes, accessories, or food, for example.
b. A small shop located within a large department store or supermarket.
2. A small business offering specialized products and services: an investment boutique; a health-care boutique.
[French, from Old French botique, small shop, from Old Provençal botica, from Latin apothēca, storehouse; see APOTHECARY.]
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