A home of the bourgeois.
- The definition of bourgeois is relating to the middle class.
An example of bourgeois is a mid-priced restaurant where many locals frequent.
- Bourgeois is French and means a member of the middle class.
An example of bourgeois are people living in moderately-priced suburban neighborhoods.
- Obs. a freeman of a medieval town
- a self-employed person, as a shopkeeper or businessman
- a member of the bourgeoisie, or middle class
- a person whose beliefs, attitudes, and practices are conventionally middle-class
Origin of bourgeoisFrench ; from Old French burgeis ; from Medieval Latin burgensis ; from burgus, borgus, town ; from Old French borc or Frankish an unverified form burg, bourg
nounpl. bourgeois bourgeois
- A person belonging to the middle class.
- A person whose attitudes and behavior are marked by conformity to the standards and conventions of the middle class.
- In Marxist theory, a member of the property-owning class; a capitalist.
Origin of bourgeoisFrench, from Old French burgeis, citizen of a town, from bourg, bourg; see bourg.
(comparative more bourgeois, superlative most bourgeois)
- (politics, collectively) The middle class.
- (rare) An individual member of the middle class.
- A person with bourgeois values and attitudes.
- An individual member of the bourgeoisie, one of the three estates.
- (Marxism) Anyone deemed to be an exploiter of the proletariat, a capitalist.
- (printing) A size of type between long primer and brevier.
Borrowed from French bourgeois (“a class of citizens who were wealthier members of the Third Estate”), from Anglo-Norman burgeis (“town dweller”), from Old French borjois, from borc (“town”), from Proto-Germanic *burgz (“fortress”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrgʰ- (“fortified elevation”). The path from Proto-Germanic to Old French is unclear. Perhaps via Frankish *burg or Late Latin *burgus, or possibly both. See also the related word burgess.