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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bour*geois"
A size of type between long primer and brevier. See Type.

Note: ☞ This line is printed in bourgeois type.

Etymology: From a French type founder named Bourgeois, or fr. F. bourgeois of the middle class; hence applied to an intermediate size of type between brevier and long primer: cf. G. bourgeois borgis. Cf. Burgess

noun Bour*geois"
A man of middle rank in society; one of the shopkeeping class.

Etymology: F., fr. bourg town; of German origin. See Burgess

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  1. A member of the middle class
  2. A capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
  3. Belonging to the middle class
  4. Conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class ("a bourgeois mentality")
  5. (according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class

Borrowing from French bourgeois (“a class of citizens who were wealthier members of the Third Estate”), from Anglo-Norman burgeis (“town dweller”), from Old French borjois, from borc (“town”), from Proto-Germanic *burgz (“fortress”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrgʰ- (“fortified elevation”). The path from Proto-Germanic to Old French is unclear. Perhaps via Frankish *burg or Late Latin *burgus, or possibly both. See also the related word burgess.

  1. (politics, collectively, usually in the plural) The middle class.
  2. (rare) An individual member of the middle class.
  3. (usually pejorative) A person of any class with bourgeois (i.e., overly conventional and materialistic) values and attitudes.
  4. (historical) An individual member of the bourgeoisie, the third estate of the French Ancien Regime.
  5. (Marxism) A capitalist, (usually pejorative) an exploiter of the proletariat.

From Middle English burjois, from French Bourgois, probably from Bourges (“the French city”) + -ois (“forming adjectives”) but possibly from bourgeois above or from Jean de Bouregois who worked as a printer in Rouen c. 1500.

  1. (printing, dated) A size of type between brevier and long primer, standardized as 9-point.

    bourgeois was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, and German

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bourgeois

    Louise Bourgeois was an artist in the fields of sculpture, installation art, painting, and printmaking. Louise was given the name Louise Josephine Bourgeois on December 25th, 1911 in Paris, France. She breathed her last breath on May 31st, 2010.


    Mistinguett was given the name Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois on April 5th, 1875 in Enghien-les-Bains, Île-de-France, France. She passed away on January 5th, 1956.


    Léon Bourgeois was a prime minister. His career lasted from 1895 to 1896. Léon was born on May 21st, 1851 in Paris. He left this life on September 29th, 1925.


    Amandine Bourgeois is a pop music musician. She has been prominent since 2005. Amandine was born on June 12th, 1979 in Angoulême, Charente, France.


    Roy Bourgeois is a priesthood (catholic church) and roman catholic priest(former). Roy was born on January 27th, 1938 in Lutcher, Louisiana, U.S.


    Geert Bourgeois is a Minister-President of Flanders. Geert was born on July 6th, 1951 in Roeselare.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bourgeois U.S.
      White 88.32% 64.26%
      African American 7.45% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.35% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.19% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Bourgeois

    • How Popular is the name Bourgeois? As a last name Bourgeois was the 2,705th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Bourgeois first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bourgeois is Wednesday, August 19th, 1914.
    • How unique is the name Bourgeois? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bourgeois. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Bourgeois: Your name in reverse order is Sioegruob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Osouigbre. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bourgeois? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,325 people with the last name Bourgeois.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bourgeois? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Bourgeois as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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