• (RP) IPA: /ˈbɜːdʒɪs/

burgess (plural burgesses)

  1. An inhabitant of a borough with full rights; a citizen.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. In this way all respectable burgesses, down to fifty years ago, spent their evenings.
  2. (historical) A town magistrate.
  3. (historical, UK) A representative of a borough in the Parliament.
  4. (historical, US) A member of the House of Burgesses, a legislative body in colonial America, established by the Virginia Company to provide civil rule in the colonies.
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  • IPA: /ˈbɜːdʒɪs/
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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