petite bourgeoisiepetite bourgeoisie
that part of the bourgeoisie of lowest income or status, including small shopkeepers, routine office workers, etc.; the lower middle class
Origin of petite bourgeoisieFrench
The lower middle class, including minor businesspeople, tradespeople, and craftworkers.
Origin of petite bourgeoisieFrench petite-bourgeoisie : petite, feminine of petit, small + bourgeoisie, bourgeoisie.
- (historical, 18th to 19th century) the lower middle class