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haute bourgeoisie Syllabification: haute bour·geoi·sie
Pronunciation: /ˌōt bo͝oZHwäˈzē/

Definition of haute bourgeoisie in English:


(the haute bourgeoisie) [treated as singular or plural]
The upper middle class.
Example sentences
  • Today, Occultists are routinely disparaged by the superior classes, the haute bourgeoisie, to which I belong, and which also includes most of the widely read art critics and influential art historians.
  • These forms of unearned income linked to exploitation led to the emergence of the haute bourgeoisie as a new ruling class, which molded the state and church into instruments of domination over the petit bourgeoisie and the working class.
  • Not all Dresden was bombed, of course; on the banks of the Elbe there are still the magnificent villas of the haute bourgeoisie.


Late 19th century: French, literally 'high bourgeoisie'.

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