Definition of "bourgeois" [bour•geois•bur]

  • A person belonging to the middle class. (noun)
  • A person whose attitudes and behavior are marked by conformity to the standards and conventions of the middle class. (noun)
  • In Marxist theory, a member of the property-owning class; a capitalist. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or typical of the middle class. (adjective)
  • Held to be preoccupied with respectability and material values. (adjective)
  • A member of the middle class, esp one regarded as being conservative and materialistic or (in Marxist thought) a capitalist exploiting the working class (noun)

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  • A mediocre, unimaginative, or materialistic person (noun)
  • Characteristic of, relating to, or comprising the middle class (adjective)
  • Conservative or materialistic in outlook (adjective)
  • (in Marxist thought) dominated by capitalists or capitalist interests (adjective)

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Use "bourgeois" in a sentence
  • "_Le bourgeois et sa dame_ would watch them with kindly interest, deeming it a kindness not to tell them that there were no trains after twelve; and when the lovers at last determined that they must depart, _le bourgeois_ and _la bourgeoise_ would tell them that their room was quite ready, that there was no possibility of returning to Paris that night."
  • "He, for example, coined the term bourgeois, as we understand it."
  • "She laughed heartily, teased Paul about his accent and what she called his bourgeois ideas."