also  ˈbu̇zh-,
 or  ˈbüzh-,
bu̇rzh-ˈwäz How to pronounce bourgeoise (audio)
: a woman of the middle class

Examples of bourgeoise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The children of the Black bourgeoise have likely done etiquette training like cotillion. Maya Richard-Craven, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 At this, Beatriz warms up to Witold, someone who, among other things, does not speak the idiom of the bourgeoise. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 These fans have not been waiting in line for over seven hours and are on a completely different level than the front-of-the-line bourgeoise. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 29 June 2023 To make his case, Beard adapted France’s cuisine bourgeoise for the American market, Anglicizing the names of certain dishes, turning down the volume on others considered too complicated or adventurous, and grafting American ingredients onto the rootstock of French recipes. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 4 Dec. 2020 What tech savvy conservatives who do not speak truth to Creationism are doing is analogous to the behavior of affluent upper middle Marxist academics, who enjoy the accoutrements of bourgeoise life, while giving lip service to the revolution. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 21 Nov. 2012 Madame Maigret, in turn, is the very type of the French bourgeoise chatelaine, whom Maigret both protects and patronizes. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 In an improv acting class, tall, curly-haired Jazis meets fellow student Anna (Alise Dzene), a rich girl whose rebelliousness runs more toward acts of shock-the-bourgeoise provocation. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 10 June 2022 Bougie —a shortened slang for bourgeoise—brunches don’t necessarily have to be stuffy and formal. John-John Williams Iv,, 9 July 2019

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Word History


French, feminine of bourgeois

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bourgeoise was in 1772

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“Bourgeoise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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