from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person belonging to the middle class.
- n. A person whose attitudes and behavior are marked by conformity to the standards and conventions of the middle class.
- n. In Marxist theory, a member of the property-owning class; a capitalist.
- adj. Of, relating to, or typical of the middle class.
- adj. Held to be preoccupied with respectability and material values.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to the middle class, especially its attitudes and conventions.
- adj. Belonging to the middle class.
- adj. Conventional, conservative and materialistic.
- adj. Of or relating to capitalist exploitation of the proletariat.
- n. The middle class.
- n. An individual member of the middle class.
- n. A person with bourgeois values and attitudes.
- n. An individual member of the bourgeoisie, one of the three estates.
- n. Anyone deemed to be an exploiter of the proletariat, a capitalist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A size of type between long primer and brevier. See type.
- n. A man of middle rank in society; one of the shopkeeping class.
- n. See 1st bourgeois.
- n. A burgess; a citizen. See 2d bourgeois.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In France, a citizen; a burgher; a man of middle rank.
- n. A small French coin of the fourteenth century.
- Belonging to or consisting of trades-people or citizens of middle rank: as, bourgeois surroundings; the bourgeois class of France.
- Wanting in dignity or refinement; common; mean.
- n. A size of printing-type measuring about 100 lines to the foot, next larger than brevier and smaller than long-primer.
- n. This line is printed in bourgeois.
- n. See bourgeois.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
- adj. belonging to the middle class
- adj. (according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class
- n. a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
- n. a member of the middle class
French, from Old French burgeis, citizen of a town, from bourg, bourg; see bourg.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French bourgeois ("a class of citizens who were wealthier members of the Third Estate"), from Anglo-Norman burgeis ("town dweller"), from Old French borjois, from borc ("town"), from Proto-Germanic *burgz (“fortress”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrgʰ- (“fortified elevation”). The path from Proto-Germanic to Old French is unclear. Perhaps via Frankish *burg or Late Latin *burgus, or possibly both. See also the related word burgess. (Wiktionary)