Burney play biographical name Bur·ney \ˈbər-nē\ Definition of Burney Fanny 1752–1840 originally Frances; Madame d'Ar*blay play \ˈdär-ˌblā\ Eng. nov. & diarist Writing? Check your grammar now! Seen and Heard What made you want to look up Burney? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).