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- The state of being a burgher; citizenship.
1900, Josephine Elizabeth Butler, Native Races and the War:
- "It conferred on all Hottentots and other free persons of colour lawfully residing in the Colony, the right to become burghers, and to exercise and enjoy all the privileges of burghership.
1902, John Fiske, “The Federal Unioin”, in Harpers:
- In no case does citizenship, or burghership, appear to rest upon the basis of a real or assumed community of descent from a single real or mythical progenitor.
1914, John Addington Symonds, Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series:
- No inhabitant of the city who had not enrolled himself as a craftsman in one of the guilds could exercise any function of burghership.
1921, Various, The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921:
- "All coloured people are excluded from this provision, and (in accordance with the Grondwet) they may never be given or granted rights of burghership...."
- The rights and privileges of a burgher; burgess-ship.