Definition: Bourgeoisie

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Unadapted borrowing from French bourgeoisie, from bourgeois (a class of citizens who were wealthier members of the Third Estate, from bourgeois (burghers), i.e., townspeople.


bourgeoisie (usually uncountable, plural bourgeoisies)

  1. (historical) A class of citizens who were wealthier members of the third estate.
  2. (Marxism) The capitalist class.

Derived terms

  • bougie


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