- a member of the middle class.
- a person whose political, economic, and social opinions are believed to be determined mainly by concern for property values and conventional respectability.
- a shopkeeper or merchant.
- belonging to, characteristic of, or consisting of the middle class.
- conventional; middle-class.
- dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns.
Origin of bourgeois1
- a size of type approximately 9-point, between brevier and long primer.
Origin of bourgeois2
- Lé·on Vic·tor Au·guste [ley-awn veek-tawr oh-gyst] /leɪˈɔ̃ vikˈtɔr oʊˈgyst/, 1851–1925, French statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1920.
- Louise,1911–2010, U.S. sculptor, born in France.
Examples from the Web for bourgeois
Part of that bourgeois dream involved white people getting to live out their fantasies of having black servants.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
Many historians have leveled criticism at the Code, arguing that it was too conservative and supportive of the bourgeois.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
Diaspora always meant tragedy; you think you can be a good German bourgeois, but that way lie the death camps.Jonathan Pollard Means Israeli-American Squabbling Instead of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation
July 26, 2013
I confess to being surprised at the reaction to yesterday's article on the boring, bourgeois future of gay marriage.Why Gay Marriage is Worth Fighting For
March 27, 2013
That's right, I said it: this is a landmark victory for the forces of staid, bourgeois sexual morality.Why Gay Marriage Will Win, and Sexual Freedom Will Lose
March 26, 2013
Whereupon the two aristocrats despised the bourgeois Regnier.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Our second visit brought us into contact with the bourgeois element.In the Heart of Vosges
My godfather made a great fuss of her, for success was everything to this bourgeois.My Double Life
The crowd, we soon discovered, was bourgeois in the extreme.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Go all your life dressed like a bourgeois and they'll never call you "My dear gentleman."The Middle Class Gentleman
- a member of the middle class, esp one regarded as being conservative and materialistic or (in Marxist thought) a capitalist exploiting the working class
- a mediocre, unimaginative, or materialistic person
- characteristic of, relating to, or comprising the middle class
- conservative or materialistic in outlooka bourgeois mentality
- (in Marxist thought) dominated by capitalists or capitalist interests
- (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 9 point
- Léon Victor Auguste . (leɔ̃ viktɔr oɡyst). 1851–1925, French statesman; first chairman of the League of Nations: Nobel peace prize 1920
Word Origin and History for bourgeois
1560s, "of the French middle class," from French bourgeois, from Old French burgeis, borjois "town dweller" (see bourgeoisie). Sense of "socially or aesthetically conventional" is from 1764; in communist and socialist writing, as a noun, "a capitalist" (1883).
It is better to be a good ordinary bourgeois than a bad ordinary bohemian. [Aldous Huxley, 1930]