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petit bourgeois

[ puh-tee boor-zhwah; pet-ee -boor-zhwah, boor-zhwah; French puh-tee boor-zhwa ]
/ pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑ; ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑ, bʊərˈʒwɑ; French pə ti burˈʒwa /
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noun, plural pe·tits bour·geois [puh-tee boor-zhwahz; pet-ee -boor-zhwahz, boor-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.
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Origin of petit bourgeois

Borrowed into English from French around 1855–60

OTHER WORDS FROM petit bourgeois

pe·tit-bour·geois, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for petit bourgeois

petit bourgeois
/ (ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑː, French pəti burʒwa) /

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
adjective
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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