bourgeoisie

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noun bour·geoi·sie \ˌbu̇(r)zh-ˌwä-ˈzē\

Definition of bourgeoisie

  1. 1 :  middle class; also plural in construction :  members of the middle class

  2. 2 :  a social order dominated by bourgeois

Origin and Etymology of bourgeoisie

French, from bourgeois


First Known Use: 1707




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