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[boo r-zhwahz, boo r-zhwahz; French boor-zhwaz] /ˈbʊər ʒwɑz, bʊərˈʒwɑz; French burˈʒwaz/
noun, plural bourgeoises
[boo r-zhwah-ziz, boo r-zhwah-ziz; French boor-zhwaz] /ˈbʊər ʒwɑ zɪz, bʊərˈʒwɑ zɪz; French burˈʒwaz/ (Show IPA)
a female member of the bourgeoisie.
bourgeoisie (def 1).
Origin of bourgeoise
1755-65; < French; feminine of bourgeois1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As a bourgeoise you would, of course, do only what is usual.

  • I am bourgeoise, I am bonne femme—that is what you really mean, Jim.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • She came up to him, not with a bourgeoise's enquiry, "How do I look?"

    The Duchesse de Langeais Honore de Balzac
  • "You've got a bourgeoise mind, Loring," said O'Rane reflectively.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • There was the beginning of bourgeoise acquisitiveness and pride of ownership in her, after all.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • You look at it from a bourgeoise dollar-and-cents point of view.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • This woman—she's bourgeoise to the core, and a Romantic to boot.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins
  • The avarice of the French bourgeoise would have proved a promising factor.

    El Dorado Baroness Orczy
  • The bourgeois is avaricious, the bourgeoise is a prude; your century is unfortunate.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • The formation of the bourgeoise class was a progress from servitude.

Word Origin and History for bourgeoise

proper French fem. of bourgeois (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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