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Meaning of BOURGEOIS

Pronunciation:  bûr'zhwâ

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a member of the middle class
  2. [n]  engages in industrial commercial enterprise
  3. [adj]  belonging to the middle class
  4. [adj]  conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; "a bourgeois mentality"
  5. [adj]  (according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class

BOURGEOIS is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: burgher, businessperson, capitalist, capitalistic, conservative, materialistic, middle-class
 See Also: account executive, account representative, accountant, agent, bourgeoisie, broker, businessman, capitalist, common man, common person, commoner, comptroller, controller, customer's broker, customer's man, enterpriser, entrepreneur, exporter, factor, importer, man of affairs, merchandiser, merchant, middle class, petit bourgeois, provider, registered representative, shipper, supplier



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bour*geois"\, n. [From a French type founder named
    Bourgeois, or fr. F. bourgeois of the middle class; hence
    applied to an intermediate size of type between brevier and
    long primer: cf. G. bourgeois, borgis. Cf. {Burgess}.]
    A size of type between long primer and brevier. See {Type}.
    Note: This line is printed in bourgeois type.
  2. \Bour*geois"\, n. [F., fr. bourg town; of German
    origin. See {Burgess}.]
    A man of middle rank in society; one of the shopkeeping
    class. [France.] a. Characteristic of the middle class, as in
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