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petit bourgeois

[puh-tee boo r-zhwah; pet-ee boo r-zhwah, boo r-zhwah; French puh-tee boor-zhwa] /pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑ; ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑ, bʊərˈʒwɑ; French pə ti burˈʒwa/
noun, plural petits bourgeois
[puh-tee boo r-zhwahz, pet-ee boo r-zhwahz, boo r-zhwahz; French puh-tee boor-zhwa] /pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑz, ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑz, bʊərˈʒwɑz; French pə ti burˈʒwa/ (Show IPA)
a person who belongs to the petite bourgeoisie.
Origin of petit bourgeois
Borrowed into English from French around 1855-60
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petit-bourgeois, adjective Unabridged
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  • He is the petit bourgeois, the picier, the class which the world ridicules.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • The part of husband and father struck them as unpleasant and too petit bourgeois.

  • The cabanon is really the maison de campagne of the petit bourgeois of the cities and towns.

    Rambles on the Riviera Francis Miltoun
  • It is their nave and faithful representation of the life of the Parisian petit bourgeois that seems to Brne so admirable.

  • There were no jarring notes or lavish, tawdry display, the pitfalls into which the parvenue and petit bourgeois invariably fall.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • To think that you, a watchmaker and a petit bourgeois, should experience what many a saint has died without realizing!

    Read-Aloud Plays Horace Holley
British Dictionary definitions for petit bourgeois

petit bourgeois

/ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑː; French pəti burʒwa/
noun (pl) petits bourgeois (ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑːz; French) (pəti burʒwa)
Also called petite bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie. the section of the middle class with the lowest social status, generally composed of shopkeepers, lower clerical staff, etc
a member of this stratum
of, relating to, or characteristic of the petit bourgeois, esp indicating a sense of self-righteousness and a high degree of conformity to established standards of behaviour
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