petite bourgeoisie

petite bourgeoisie

[puh-teet boor-zhwah-zee; French puh-teet boor-zhwa-zee]
noun
the portion of the bourgeoisie having the least wealth and lowest social status; the lower middle class.

Origin:
1915–20; < French

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petite bourgeoisie

noun
lower middle class (shopkeepers and clerical staff etc.) [syn: petit bourgeois
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