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Burgeois

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Burgeo'is. n.s. [bourgeois, Fr.]

  1. A citizen; a burgess.

    It is a republick itself, under the protection of the eight ancient cantons. There are in it an hundred burgeois, and about a thousand souls. Addison on Italy.

  2. A type of a particular sort, probably so called from him who first used it; as,
    Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
    But vindicate the ways of God to man.
    Pope.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Burgeois." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6103.


  1. The second definition is referring to the size of the font the supplied Pope quote is printed in (Johnson could have chosen any quote). The OED defines this use of “bourgeois” as “A size of printing type between Long Primer and Brevier.”

    bourgeois, n.2
    Second edition, 1989; online version March 2011. http://www.oed.com.libproxy.wustl.edu/Entry/22111; accessed 29 April 2011. Earlier version first published in New English Dictionary, 1887.

  2. Brandi on April 29th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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