bourgeois :


In the original French, a bourgeois was originally merely a free inhabitant of a bourg, or town. Through a natural evolution it became the label for members of the property-owning class, then of the middle class. As an adjective it is used with contempt by bohemians and Marxists to label conservatives whose views are not sufficiently revolutionary. The class made up of bourgeois (which is both the singular and the plural form) is the bourgeoisie. Shaky spellers are prone to leave out the E from the middle because “eoi” is not a natural combination in English; but these words have remarkably enough retained their French pronunciation: boorzhwah and boorzhwazee. The feminine form, “bourgeoise,” is rarely encountered in English.

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  • n  a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
  • n  a member of the middle class
  • s  (according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class
  • s  conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
    a bourgeois mentality
  • s  belonging to the middle class
News & Articles

  • House Subcommittee Hears Testimony from NGOs Convicted in Egypt
    By Caleigh Bourgeois - Classmates broke both arms of Yehia Ghanmen’s 13-year-old son because they said his father was a traitor. The Egyptian government agrees with them. The United States government does not.
    June 14, 2013 - Kansas City InfoZine
  • Greenlawn Terrace Elementary announces honor roll
    Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School has announced its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.View Larger MapFirst grade: Lily Alcina, Marco Alvez, Brooklyn Blanque, Troy Bode, Connor Bourgeois, Guy Buras, Paul Bulter , Farik Carbajal, Tyrionna Carter,...
    June 11, 2013 - New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • Deliciously simple
    Butch Bourgeois, left, helps Penn Tompkins, food and nutrition services manager of Iberia Medical Center, prepare omelets at the Delcambre Farmer’s Market Saturday.
    June 10, 2013 - The Daily Iberian