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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 v a 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 v a 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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