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 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.

Nearby words

  1. petiolule,
  2. petipa,
  3. petipa, marius,
  4. petit,
  5. petit beurre,
  6. petit déjeuner,
  7. petit feu,
  8. petit four,
  9. petit fours,
  10. petit jury

Origin of petit bourgeois

Borrowed into English from French around 1855–60

Related formspe·tit-bour·geois, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


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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