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Bourgeois

[boo r-zhwah, boo r-zhwah; French boor-zhwa] /bʊərˈʒwɑ, ˈbʊər ʒwɑ; French burˈʒwa/
noun
1.
Léon Victor Auguste
[ley-awn veek-tawr oh-gyst] /leɪˈɔ̃ vikˈtɔr oʊˈgyst/ (Show IPA),
1851–1925, French statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1920.
2.
Louise, 1911–2010, U.S. sculptor, born in France.
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British Dictionary definitions for leon bourgeois

bourgeois1

/ˈbʊəʒwɑː; bʊəˈʒwɑː/
noun (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
adjective
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
Derived Forms
bourgeoise (ˈbʊəʒwɑːz; bʊəˈʒwɑːz) noun:feminine
Word Origin
C16: from Old French borjois, burgeis burgher, citizen, from bourg town; see burgess

bourgeois2

/bəˈdʒɔɪs/
noun
1.
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 9 point
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from its size, midway between long primer and brevier

Bourgeois

/French burʒwa/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for leon bourgeois

bourgeois

adj.

1560s, "of the French middle class," from French bourgeois, from Old French 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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