from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pompous title, from that supposed to have been conferred by the Sultan on M. Jourdain in Molière's play, ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’; hence, one who takes such a title; an ostentatious, self-important, and ridiculous pretender.
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- E. (51) See Moli ` ere's Bourgeois Gentilhomme; in which the nouveau riche is persuaded that the Grand Seigneur has made him a mamamouchi, a knight of an imaginary order, and goes through the ceremony of a mock installation.
What can you possibly mean with your _mamamouchi_?
(Seeing that he is not understood) _ Ah! (_To_ CLÉONTE, _showing him_ DORANTE) This gentleman is a French _mamamouchi_, and the lady she is a French
Just see the impertinent woman, to speak after such a manner to a _mamamouchi_.
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