petit bourgeois

noun
pe·​tit bourgeois | \ pə-ˈtē- How to pronounce petit bourgeois (audio) , ˌpe-tē- \

Definition of petit bourgeois

1 : a member of the petite bourgeoisie

Other Words from petit bourgeois

petit bourgeois adjective

Examples of petit bourgeois in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glyn was also—unexpectedly for those of us who thought communists were louche types with disdain for the protocols of petit bourgeois society—a rigid disciplinarian. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Consider Brooklyn, the city’s most populous borough, once synonymous with the petit bourgeois aspirations of its denizens but now a global emblem of cool. Daniel Akst, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of petit bourgeois

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for petit bourgeois

French, literally, small bourgeois

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“Petit bourgeois.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit%20bourgeois. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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