petits bourgeois

petit bourgeois

[puh-tee boor-zhwah; pet-ee boor-zhwah, boor-zhwah; French puh-tee boor-zhwa]
noun, plural petits bourgeois [puh-tee boor-zhwahz, pet-ee boor-zhwahz, boor-zhwahz; French puh-tee boor-zhwa] .
a person who belongs to the petite bourgeoisie.

Origin:
1855–60; < French

petit-bourgeois, adjective
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petit bourgeois (ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑː, French pəti burʒwa)
 
n , pl petits bourgeois
1.  petite bourgeoisie, Also called: 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
 
adj
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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