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bourgeois

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[ boor-zhwah, boor-zhwah, boo-zhwah; French boor-zhwa ]
/ bʊərˈʒwɑ, ˈbʊər ʒwɑ, ˈbu ʒwɑ; French burˈʒwa /
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noun, plural bour·geois.
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.
adjective
belonging to, characteristic of, or consisting of the middle class.
conventional; middle-class.
dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns.
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Origin of bourgeois

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1555–65; <Middle French; Old French borgeisburgess

Other definitions for bourgeois (2 of 3)

bourgeois2
[ ber-jois ]
/ bərˈdʒɔɪs /

noun Printing.
a size of type approximately 9-point, between brevier and long primer.

Origin of bourgeois

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First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps from a printer so named

Other definitions for bourgeois (3 of 3)

Bourgeois
[ boor-zhwah, boor-zhwah, boo-zhwah; French boor-zhwa ]
/ bʊərˈʒwɑ, ˈbʊər ʒwɑ, ˈbu ʒwɑ; French burˈʒwa /

noun
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for bourgeois (1 of 3)

bourgeois1
/ (ˈbʊəʒwɑː, bʊəˈʒwɑː) often derogatory /

noun plural -geois
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
adjective
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

Derived forms of bourgeois

bourgeoise (ˈbʊəʒwɑːz, bʊəˈʒwɑːz), fem n

Word Origin for bourgeois

C16: from Old French borjois, burgeis burgher, citizen, from bourg town; see burgess

British Dictionary definitions for bourgeois (2 of 3)

bourgeois2
/ (bəˈdʒɔɪs) /

noun
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 9 point

Word Origin for bourgeois

C19: perhaps from its size, midway between long primer and brevier

British Dictionary definitions for bourgeois (3 of 3)

Bourgeois
/ (French burʒwa) /

noun
Léon Victor Auguste . (leɔ̃ viktɔr oɡyst). 1851–1925, French statesman; first chairman of the League of Nations: Nobel peace prize 1920
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