[boo r-zhwahz, boo r-zhwahz; French boor-zhwaz]

noun, plural bour·geois·es [boo r-zhwah-ziz, boo r-zhwah-ziz; French boor-zhwaz] /ˈbʊər ʒwɑ zɪz, bʊərˈʒwɑ zɪz; French burˈʒwaz/.

a female member of the bourgeoisie.

Origin of bourgeoise

1755–65; < French; feminine of bourgeois1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bourgeoise

Historical Examples of bourgeoise

  • 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.

  • There was the beginning of bourgeoise acquisitiveness and pride of ownership in her, after all.


    Frank Swinnerton

Word Origin and History for bourgeoise

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper