petite bourgeoisie

[ puh-teet boo r-zhwah-zee; French puh-teet boor-zhwa-zee ]
/ pəˈtit ˌbʊər ʒwɑˈzi; French pə tit bur ʒwaˈzi /

noun

the portion of the bourgeoisie having the least wealth and lowest social status; the lower middle class.

Origin of petite bourgeoisie

Borrowed into English from French around 1915–20
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