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From Middle English burgeis[1], from Anglo-Norman burgeis, of Proto-Germanic origin; either from Late Latin burgensis (from Latin *burgus), or from Frankish, both from Proto-Germanic *burgz (stronghold, city), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ-.[2] See also bourgeois, burgish.



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, Britain) 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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  1. ^ Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Burgess (title)#Etymology on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  2. ^ burgess” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.