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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: 'person who lives in a town', from Old French borjois, from borc 'town', from Latin burgus 'castle, town defended by a wall'

bourgeois

adjective
     
bour‧geois
1 belonging to the middle class:
She came from a bourgeois family.
bourgeois morality
2 too interested in having a lot of possessions and a high position in society:
the backlash against bourgeois materialism
3 belonging to or typical of the part of society that is rich, educated, owns land etc, according to Marxism
[↪ proletarian]
bourgeois noun [countable]
petty bourgeois

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