Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman belonging to the middle class.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female member of the bourgeoisie; a wealthy woman

Etymologies

French, feminine of bourgeois, bourgeois; see bourgeois.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bourgeoise (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bourgeois is avaricious, the bourgeoise is a prude; your century is unfortunate.

    Les Miserables, Volume V, Jean Valjean

  • As to the poor orphan, buried in Paris, educated as a "bourgeoise," she will never see her face, save perhaps, as a passing stranger.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas A Franco-Californian Romance

  • Lewis hastened to the "bourgeoise" in their barge close by, to give the alarm.

    Three Years Among the Indians and Mexicans

  • LC: I think we were very overt in making this film about a kind of bourgeoise, middle class, conventional couple so that we weren't doing something "radical" on the surface.

    Chicagoist

  • She belies her origin only by her talent; but, when she is outside her talent, she becomes once more her mother's daughter, that is to say 'bourgeoise' and 'Gay' thoroughbred. "

    Balzac

  • "I have got my portion!" she cried at once; (Ginevra ever stuck to the substantial; I always thought there was a good trading element in her composition, much as she scorned the "bourgeoise;") "and uncle de

    Villette

  • I came of age in a section of Queens where many of Haiti's bourgeoise elite skittered to when their patron saint, dictator Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier decided to break out like the chicken pox when it became clear in a post-Marcos, post-Pinochet world that despots were on the way out whether they liked it or not.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • In her deft portraits, the coldly arrogant French aesthetes and aristocrats, two-faced pious bourgeoise and sly villagers often suffer by comparison to their conquerors.

    Wendi L. Adamek: War And Cherry Blossoms

  • Babe Walker, the fictional ultimate white girl with problems, is a medium by which three young writers poke fun at the new generation of the young, trendy, bourgeoise girl.

    Nicole Brookman: My Problem With #whitegirlproblems

  • And Latin America, in general, was under the thumb of RW and/or military dictators (and the landed bourgeoise and their U.S. company buddies; “banana republic” came about thanks to U.S. machinations in Honduras and other countries) for a good part of the 20th century.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Venezuela

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