- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɜː.d͡ʒən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɝː.d͡ʒən/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)dʒən
From Middle English burjon, burioun (“shoot, bud”), from Anglo-Norman burjun, burgeon, burgon (compare Old French burjon "a bud"), from Old Frankish *burjo (“sprout, offshoot, descendant”), from Proto-Germanic *burjô (“sprout, descendant, offshoot”), from Proto-Germanic *beraną (“to carry, bear”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to bear”) (cf. Albanian buron (“sprout, spring, gush out”)). Akin to Old High German burjan (“to push up, raise”), Old English byrian (“to come up, occur”), Old English byre (“child, son, descendant”). More at bear.
burgeon (plural burgeons)
- (intransitive) To grow or expand.
- Gradually, the town burgeoned into a thriving city.
- (intransitive) To swell to the point of bursting.
- (intransitive, archaic) Of plants, to bloom, bud.