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BOURGEOIS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bourgeois mean? 

BOURGEOIS (noun)
  The noun BOURGEOIS has 2 senses:

1. a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
2. a member of the middle class

  Familiarity information: BOURGEOIS used as a noun is rare.


BOURGEOIS (adjective)
  The adjective BOURGEOIS has 3 senses:

1. (according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class
2. conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
3. belonging to the middle class

  Familiarity information: BOURGEOIS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BOURGEOIS (noun)


Sense 1bourgeois [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

bourgeois; businessperson

Hypernyms ("bourgeois" is a kind of...):

capitalist (a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bourgeois"):

shipper (someone who ships goods)

merchandiser; merchant (a businessperson engaged in retail trade)

importer (someone whose business involves importing goods from outside (especially from a foreign country))

exporter (a businessperson who transports goods abroad (for sale))

enterpriser; entrepreneur (someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it)

businesswoman (a female businessperson)

businessman; man of affairs (a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive))

agent; broker; factor (a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission)

account executive; account representative; customer's broker; customer's man; registered representative (someone in charge of a client's account for an advertising agency or brokerage or other service business)

accountant; comptroller; controller (someone who maintains and audits business accounts)

provider; supplier (someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity)


Sense 2bourgeois [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of the middle class

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

bourgeois; burgher

Hypernyms ("bourgeois" is a kind of...):

common man; common person; commoner (a person who holds no title)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bourgeois"):

petit bourgeois (a member of the lower middle class)

Holonyms ("bourgeois" is a member of...):

bourgeoisie; middle class (the social class between the lower and upper classes)


BOURGEOIS (adjective)


Sense 1bourgeois [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class

Similar:

capitalist; capitalistic (favoring or practicing capitalism)


Sense 2bourgeois [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class

Synonyms:

bourgeois; materialistic; conservative

Context example:

a bourgeois mentality

Similar:

middle-class (occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy)


Sense 3bourgeois [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to the middle class

Similar:

middle-class (occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy)


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