petty bourgeois


: a member of the social class that is between the middle class and the lower class : a member of the lower middle class

Examples of petty bourgeois in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Schattenberg, Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was born in Kamenskoe, Ukraine, into a family that was neither entirely working class nor petty bourgeois. Yuri Slezkine, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022

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“Petty bourgeois.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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