[puh-tee boo r-zhwah; pet-ee boo r-zhwah, boo r-zhwah; French puh-tee boor-zhwa]
noun, plural pe·tits bour·geois [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/.
a person who belongs to the petite bourgeoisie.
Origin of petit bourgeois
Borrowed into English from French around 1855–60
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noun plural 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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