Definition of bourgeois in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊəʒwɑː


noun (plural same)

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  • A bourgeois person: a self-confessed and proud bourgeois
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    • At the end of 1968, a group of student rebels accused Li of being a ‘newly born bourgeois.’
    • The play fails as tragedy not because Willy is a struggling bourgeois rather than a man of stature, but because he lacks the element of choice. He is a victim, not an anti-hero.
    • The rise of relativism, and its inevitable corollary, nihilism, represents the triumph of the bourgeois.
    member of the middle class, property owner


mid 16th century: from French, from late Latin burgus 'castle' (in medieval Latin 'fortified town'), ultimately of Germanic origin and related to borough. Compare with burgess.

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