bourgeois

bourgeois

1 [boor-zhwah, boor-zhwah; French boor-zhwa]
noun, plural bourgeois.
1.
a member of the middle class.
2.
a person whose political, economic, and social opinions are believed to be determined mainly by concern for property values and conventional respectability.
3.
a shopkeeper or merchant.
adjective
4.
belonging to, characteristic of, or consisting of the middle class.
5.
conventional; middle-class.
6.
dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns.

Origin:
1555–65; < Middle French; Old French borgeis burgess

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bourgeois

2 [ber-jois]
noun Printing.
a size of type approximately 9-point, between brevier and long primer.

Origin:
1815–25; perhaps from a printer so named

Bourgeois

[boor-zhwah, boor-zhwah; French boor-zhwa]
noun
1.
Léon Victor Auguste [ley-awn veek-tawr oh-gyst] , 1851–1925, French statesman: Nobel peace Prize 1920.
2.
Louise, 1911–2010, U.S. sculptor, born in France.
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bourgeois1 (ˈbʊəʒwɑː, bʊəˈʒwɑː)
 
n , pl -geois
1.  a member of the middle class, esp one regarded as being conservative and materialistic or (in Marxist thought) a capitalist exploiting the working class
2.  a mediocre, unimaginative, or materialistic person
 
adj
3.  characteristic of, relating to, or comprising the middle class
4.  conservative or materialistic in outlook: a bourgeois mentality
5.  (in Marxist thought) dominated by capitalists or capitalist interests
 
[C16: from Old French borjois, burgeis burgher, citizen, from bourg town; see burgess]
 
bourgeoise1
 
fem n

bourgeois2 (bəˈdʒɔɪs)
 
n
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 9 point
 
[C19: perhaps from its size, midway between long primer and brevier]

Bourgeois (French burʒwa)
 
n
Léon Victor Auguste. (leɔ̃ viktɔr oɡyst). 1851--1925, French statesman; first chairman of the League of Nations: Nobel peace prize 1920

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bourgeois
1560s, "of the French middle class," from Fr. bourgeois, from O.Fr. burgeis, borjois "town dweller" (see bourgeoisie). Sense of "socially or aesthetically conventional" is from 1764; in communist and socialist writing, as a noun, "a capitalist" (1883).
"It is better to be a good ordinary bourgeois than a bad ordinary bohemian." [Aldous Huxley, 1930]
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