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Definition of Bourgeoisie

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middle class, European middle class
Bourgeoisie Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The French middle class, particularly such as are concerned in, or dependent on, trade.
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\bour*geoi*sie"\, n. [f.] the french middle class, particularly such as are concerned in, or dependent on, trade.

WordNet 2.0

1. the social class between the lower and upper classes
(synonym) middle class
(hypernym) class, social class, socio-economic class
(hyponym) petit bourgeois, petite bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie
(member-meronym) bourgeois, burgher
Bourgeoisie Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
The bourgeoisie (Eng.: ; ) is a polysemous French term because it can mean:
  • a sociologically defined class, especially in contemporary times, referring to people with a certain cultural and financial capital belonging to the middle or upper stratum of the middle class: the upper (haute), middle (moyenne) and petty (petite) bourgeoisie (which are designated "the Bourgeoisie"). An affluent and often opulent stratum of the middle class (capitalist class) who stood opposite the proletariat class;
  • a legally defined class of the Middle Ages to the end of the "Ancien Régime" (Old Regime) in France, that of inhabitants having the rights of citizenship and political rights in a city (comparable to the German term Bürgertum and );
  • and, originally and generally, "those who live in the borough", that is to say, the people of the city (including merchants and craftsmen), as opposed to those of rural areas; in this sense, the bourgeoisie began to grow in Europe from the 11th century and particularly during the Renaissance of the 12th century, with the first developments of rural exodus and urbanization.

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Bourgeoisie Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
The class of modern capitalists, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labour.