bour·​geoi·​sie | \ ˌbu̇(r)zh-ˌwä-ˈzē How to pronounce bourgeoisie (audio) \

Definition of bourgeoisie

1 : middle class members of the bourgeoisie also  plural in construction : members of the middle class how the bourgeoisie are represented in the novel
2 : a class or group of people with social behavior and political views held to be influenced by private-property interest : a social order dominated by capitalists or bourgeois (see bourgeois entry 2 sense 2)

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Tucked into a pink, 18-century mansion, the Museum of Romanticism sheds light on the day-to-day life of Madrid’s high bourgeoisie during the Romantic period. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 By the time of Macron’s childhood of music lessons and tennis matches, the family had assimilated into the bourgeoisie. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 There is a paradox at the center of this disappointing film: the drama is anchored in the white bourgeoisie’s efforts to transform the city, a process that the filmmakers clearly consider a repellent clean-up. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: The Disappointing Blandness of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”," 5 June 2019 Who cares about the finances and family problems of the petit bourgeoisie? Francine Prose, Harper's magazine, "Down and Out in the Peloponnesus," 10 Apr. 2019 Entering the under-the-radar historic gem feels like stepping back in time and getting to play bourgeoisie for a half hour. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Amsterdam," 29 May 2019 This is in part because of what the films are about, or not about — Rohmer’s lovelorn bourgeoisie do not engage in Godardian radical sloganeering. Christine Smallwood, New York Times, "The Strange, Enduring Appeal of Biarritz," 14 May 2018 By 1900, shutterbugs in these Latin American capitals were snapping plush urban parks in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, spaces of leisure for the new bourgeoisie. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 Having it all District VII would have been a grand place to be in 1910, when the city’s grand bourgeoisie rubbed elbows with louche literati. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of bourgeoisie

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bourgeoisie

French, from bourgeois

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