Definition of bourgeoise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊəʒwɑːz/


Belonging to or characteristic of female members of the bourgeoisie: a cosy, bourgeoise, widowed ex-mayoress in a provincial town
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  • Some see it as bourgeoise bossiness (‘In my experience the huge majority of anti-smoking busybodies are women.’
  • A worthy dish, which can embody the sort of rusticity which the word ‘peasant’ evokes, but can also exhibit the kind of refinement associated with bourgeoise cookery.
  • And thus, not because of but despite neurology, a girl becomes the Viennese bourgeoise ideal of a woman.


A female member of the bourgeoisie.
Example sentences
  • Whereas France has its cuisine bourgeoise, most of us are more likely to pick up a ready meal from the supermarket than use good-quality local produce to cook a meal from scratch.
  • Our newspapers were not so crooked, our politicians so crazed, our bourgeoise quite so exquisitely ripe for insult or assault.
  • The mother embodies the proper bourgeoise, mortified that she wet her skirt with fear, protective of her family, opposed to entering a stranger's property, but no one listens to her.


Late 18th century: French, feminine of bourgeois 'citizen' (see bourgeois).

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