adjective. owning land or securities as a principal source of revenue.
1. Verb, past tense To Lenin, democracy became the system of government that benefited the bourgeois, or propertied middle classes, rather than the proletariat. 2. Adjective As more people crowded into the cities, the propertied classes were ousted, and the poor crowded into the hutongs, filling spacious courtyards with crude shanty-like structures to house numerous families.