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 (bo͝or-zhwäz′, bo͝or′zhwäz′)
n. pl. bour·geois·es (-zhwä′zĭz)
A woman belonging to the middle class.

[French, feminine of bourgeois, bourgeois; see bourgeois.]

bour·geoise′ adj.
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(ˈbʊər ʒwɑz, bʊərˈʒwɑz)

n., pl. -geois•es (-ʒwɑ zɪz, -ˈʒwɑ-)
a woman who is a member of the bourgeoisie or middle class.
[1755–65; < French; feminine of bourgeois1]
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I don't see why I should not, after all, use that expression, for it is the correlative of the term pension bourgeoise, employed by Balzac in the Pere Goriot.
Warren, and having made a competence she now lived the quiet life of the bourgeoise. She told Philip lewd stories.
Did it reflect that in boasting of the bourgeoise nobility of Monsieur Baudoyer--which, certainly, is a nobility as good as any other--it was pointing out a reason for the exclusion of the candidate?
"You have nevertheless no intention," replied Monsieur, "to cloister them or make them bourgeoises?"
All heads in the group of the bourgeoises were turned toward her.
"Messieurs the bourgeois," said he, "and mesdemoiselles the bourgeoises , we shall have the honor of declaiming and representing, before his eminence, monsieur the cardinal, a very beautiful morality which has for its title, 'The Good Judgment of Madame the Virgin Mary.' I am to play Jupiter.
For many, the mere mention of the genre conjures up images of the snooty bourgeoise in stuffy symphony halls.
La conception bourgeoise n'a jamais reussi a aller au-dela d'une opposition contre le point de vue romantique (Uber den Gegensatz gegen jene romantische Ansicht ist die burgerliche nie Herausgekommen), et par consequent celui-ci l'accompagnera comme sa legitime antithese (berechtigeter Gegensatz) jusqu'a la fin bienheureuse de la bourgeoisie".
Similar rivalries are found all throughout Europe, for example, between ( Italy's right-wing SS Lazio and left-wing AS Roma and ( Austria's working-class SK Rapid and bourgeoise FK Austria , among others.
Dans son essai "La cuisine ornementale," Barthes critique la cuisine bourgeoise de son epoque qui persiste a relever davantage du ceremonial, du rituel plus que de la creation originale.