bourgeois


1bour·geois

adjective \ˈbrzh-ˌalso ˈbzh- or ˈbüzh- or brzh-ˈ\

: relating to or belonging to the middle class of society

: having qualities or values associated with the middle class : too concerned about wealth, possessions, and respectable behavior

Full Definition of BOURGEOIS

1
:  of, relating to, or characteristic of the social middle class
2
:  marked by a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity
3
:  dominated by commercial and industrial interests :  capitalistic
bour·geois·ifi·ca·tion \ˌb(r)zh-ˌwä-zə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
bour·geois·ify \b(r)zh-ˈwä-zə-ˌfī\ verb

Examples of BOURGEOIS

  1. Indignation about the powers that be and the bourgeois fools who did their bidding—that was all you needed … You were an intellectual. —Tom Wolfe, Harper's, June 2000

Origin of BOURGEOIS

Middle French, from Old French burgeis townsman, from burc, borg town, from Latin burgus
First Known Use: circa 1565

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

2bour·geois

noun \ˈbrzh-ˌalso ˈbzh- or ˈbüzh- or brzh-ˈ\
plural bour·geois \-ˌwä(z), -ˈwä(z)\

Definition of BOURGEOIS

1
a :  burgher
b :  a middle-class person
2
:  a person with social behavior and political views held to be influenced by private-property interest :  capitalist
3
plural :  bourgeoisie

Examples of BOURGEOIS

  1. For many, Nietzsche has always been a bugaboo, though some regard him as an heroic destroyer of idols, the invigorating voice of skepticism, and a revealer of those embarrassing actualities that the pieties and protestations of the bourgeois have customarily concealed. —William H. Gass, Harper's, August 2005

Origin of BOURGEOIS

(see 1bourgeois)
First Known Use: circa 1674

Other Sociology Terms

ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

Bour·geois

biographical name \brzh-ˈwä, ˈbrzh-ˌ\

Definition of BOURGEOIS

Léon-Victor-Auguste 1851–1925 Fr. statesman

Bourgeois

biographical name

Definition of BOURGEOIS

Louise 1911–2010 Am. (Fr.-born) sculptor

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