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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.


(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]
References in classic literature ?
Do you remember the pension bourgeoise of Madame Vauquer nee de Conflans?
The interviews certainly make clear that through a bourgeoise is born a bourgeoise she yet has to learn to be a bourgeoise; that the bourgeoisie occupy the medium between extremes, being neither aristocrats nor manual laborers (what Roland Barthes refers to as neithernorism); and that the true bourgeoise has two components: power personally wielded and power conferred by family.