from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The middle class.
- n. In Marxist theory, the social group opposed to the proletariat in the class struggle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a class of citizens who were wealthier members of the Third Estate
- n. The capitalist class.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The French middle class, particularly such as are concerned in, or dependent on, trade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, the French middle classes, but often applied to the middle classes of any country, especially those depending on trade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the social class between the lower and upper classes
French, from bourgeois, bourgeois; see bourgeois.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French bourgeoisie, from bourgeois ("a class of citizens who were wealthier members of the Third Estate"), from bourgeois, “burghers”, i.e., inhabitants of towns. (Wiktionary)