petit bourgeois

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pet·it bourgeois

 (pĕt′ē, pə-tē′)
A member of the petite bourgeoisie.

[French petit-bourgeois : petit, small + bourgeois, bourgeois.]

pet·it′-bour·geois′ adj.

petit bourgeois

(ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑː; French pəti burʒwa)
n, pl petits bourgeois (ˈpɛtɪ ˈbʊəʒwɑːz; French pəti burʒwa)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also called: petite bourgeoisie or petty bourgeoisie the section of the middle class with the lowest social status, generally composed of shopkeepers, lower clerical staff, etc
2. (Sociology) a member of this stratum
(Sociology) of, relating to, or characteristic of the petit bourgeois, esp indicating a sense of self-righteousness and a high degree of conformity to established standards of behaviour
Also: petty bourgeois

pe•tit bour•geois

(pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑ; ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑ)

n., pl. pe•tits bour•geois (pəˈti bʊərˈʒwɑz; ˈpɛt i ˈbʊər ʒwɑz)
a person who belongs to the petite bourgeoisie.
[1855–60; < French]
petit′-bourgeois′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petit bourgeois - a member of the lower middle class
petite bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie, petit bourgeois - lower middle class (shopkeepers and clerical staff etc.)
bourgeois, burgher - a member of the middle class
2.petit bourgeois - lower middle class (shopkeepers and clerical staff etc.)
bourgeoisie, middle class - the social class between the lower and upper classes
petit bourgeois - a member of the lower middle class

petit bourgeois

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B. Npequeñoburgués/esa m/f

petit bourgeois

petty bourgeois [ˌpɛtiˈbʊərʒwɑː] adjpetit-bourgeois(petite-bourgeoise)

petit bourgeois

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