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petit bourgeois

[puh-tee boo r-zhwah; pet-ee boo r-zhwah, boo r-zhwah; French puh-tee boor-zhwa] /pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑ; ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑ, bʊərˈʒwɑ; French pə ti burˈʒwa/
noun, plural petits bourgeois
[puh-tee boo r-zhwahz, pet-ee boo r-zhwahz, boo r-zhwahz; French puh-tee boor-zhwa] /pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑz, ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑz, bʊərˈʒwɑz; French pə ti burˈʒwa/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who belongs to the petite bourgeoisie.
Origin of petit bourgeois
1855-1860
1855-60; < French
Related forms
petit-bourgeois, adjective
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  • There were no jarring notes or lavish, tawdry display, the pitfalls into which the parvenue and petit bourgeois invariably fall.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • He is the petit bourgeois, the picier, the class which the world ridicules.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • To think that you, a watchmaker and a petit bourgeois, should experience what many a saint has died without realizing!

    Read-Aloud Plays Horace Holley
  • The part of husband and father struck them as unpleasant and too petit bourgeois.

  • It is their nave and faithful representation of the life of the Parisian petit bourgeois that seems to Brne so admirable.

  • The cabanon is really the maison de campagne of the petit bourgeois of the cities and towns.

    Rambles on the Riviera Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for petit bourgeois

petit bourgeois

/ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑː; French pəti burʒwa/
noun (pl) petits bourgeois (ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑːz; French) (pəti burʒwa)
1.
Also called petite bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie. the section of the middle class with the lowest social status, generally composed of shopkeepers, lower clerical staff, etc
2.
a member of this stratum
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the petit bourgeois, esp indicating a sense of self-righteousness and a high degree of conformity to established standards of behaviour
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