a member of the middle class.
a person whose political, economic, and social opinions are believed to be determined mainly by concern for property values and conventional respectability.
a shopkeeper or merchant.
belonging to, characteristic of, or consisting of the middle class.
conventional; middle-class.
dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns.
a size of type approximately 9-point, between brevier and long primer.
Léon Victor Auguste
[ley-awn veek-tawr oh-gyst] /leɪˈɔ̃ vikˈtɔr oʊˈgyst/ (Show IPA), 1851–1925, French statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1920.
Louise, 1911–2010, U.S. sculptor, born in France.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

The Forest Stewart Edward White
Camps, Quarters and Casual Places Archibald Forbes
The Flower Girl of The Chteau d’Eau, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVI) Charles Paul de Kock
In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2 Eugne Sue

noun (pl) -geois
a member of the middle class, esp one regarded as being conservative and materialistic or (in Marxist thought) a capitalist exploiting the working class
a mediocre, unimaginative, or materialistic person
characteristic of, relating to, or comprising the middle class
conservative or materialistic in outlook: a bourgeois mentality
(in Marxist thought) dominated by capitalists or capitalist interests
(formerly) a size of printer’s type approximately equal to 9 point
Léon Victor Auguste. (leɔ̃ viktɔr oɡyst). 1851–1925, French statesman; first chairman of the League of Nations: Nobel peace prize 1920

It is better to be a good ordinary bourgeois than a bad ordinary bohemian. [Aldous Huxley, 1930]


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