Definition of the bourgeoisie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    the bourgeoisie

    BrE BrE//ˌbʊəʒwɑːˈziː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbʊrʒwɑːˈziː//
    [singular + singular or plural verb]
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  1. 1the middle classes in society the rise of the bourgeoisie in the nineteenth century
  2. 2 (politics) the capitalist class the proletariat and the bourgeoisie
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: French, from bourgeois.