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petite bourgeoisie

[puh-teet boo r-zhwah-zee; French puh-teet boor-zhwa-zee] /pəˈtit ˌbʊər ʒwɑˈzi; French pə tit bur ʒwaˈzi/
noun
1.
the portion of the bourgeoisie having the least wealth and lowest social status; the lower middle class.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < French
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