petite bourgeoisie

noun

Definition of petite bourgeoisie

: the lower middle class including especially small shopkeepers and artisans

Examples of petite bourgeoisie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Image This tournament, thus far, has belonged not to soccer’s great aristocratic houses, but to its petite bourgeoisie. Rory Smith, New York Times, "This Is When the World Cup Surprises End. Usually.," 29 June 2018 Each mobilized men and women from a broad spectrum of the population but had particular attraction for the petite bourgeoisie. Nancy K. Maclean, Slate Magazine, "America’s Brush With Fascism," 20 Mar. 2017 The airport is to America’s petite bourgeoisie—the small-time capitalists and traveling salesmen who delivered us to Trump—what the factory is to the white working class: a symbol of how much better things used to be. Henry Grabar, Slate Magazine, "How the airport came to embody our national psychosis.," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of petite bourgeoisie

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petite bourgeoisie

French, literally, small bourgeoisie

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The first known use of petite bourgeoisie was in 1872

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“Petite bourgeoisie.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petite%20bourgeoisie. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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