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 *burjaną (“to raise up”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to bear”). Compare Old High German burjan (“to push up, raise”), Old English byrian (“to come up, occur”), Old English byre (“child, son, descendant”), Albanian buron (“sprout, spring, gush out”). More at bear.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɜː.d͡ʒən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɝː.d͡ʒən/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)dʒən
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.