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Meaning of BURGESS

Pronunciation:  'burjis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a citizen of an English borough

BURGESS is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: burgher
 See Also: Englishman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bur"gess\, n. [OE. burgeis, OF. burgeis, fr.
burcfortified town, town, F. bourg village, fr. LL. burgus
fort, city; from the German; cf. MHG. burc, G. burg. See 1st
{Borough}, and cf. 2d {Bourgeois}.]
1. An inhabitant of a borough or walled town, or one who
   possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman of a
   borough. --Blackstone.

Note: ``A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of
      a city.'' --Burrill.

2. One who represents a borough in Parliament.

3. A magistrate of a borough.

4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for
   municipal officers.

Note: Before the Revolution, the representatives in the
      popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were
      called burgesses; they are now called delegates.

{Burgess oath}. See {Burgher}, 2.