bur·​gun·​dy | \ ˈbər-gən-dē How to pronounce burgundy (audio) \
plural burgundies

Definition of burgundy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 often capitalized : a red or white unblended wine from Burgundy also : a blended red wine produced elsewhere
2 : a reddish-purple color


geographical name
Bur·​gun·​dy | \ ˈbər-gən-dē How to pronounce Burgundy (audio) \
variants: or French Bourgogne \ bür-​ˈgȯnʸ How to pronounce Bourgogne (audio) \

Definition of Burgundy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 region and with varying limits former kingdom, duchy, and province in eastern France south of the region of Champagne
2 former county of France east of Burgundy province; later called Franche-Com*té \ ˌfräⁿsh-​kōⁿ-​ˈtā How to pronounce ˌfräⁿsh-kōⁿ-ˈtā (audio)\

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Burgundian \ (ˌ)bər-​ˈgən-​dē-​ən How to pronounce Burgundian (audio) \ adjective or noun

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First Known Use of burgundy


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burgundy


Burgundy, region in France

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English Language Learners Definition of burgundy

: a red or white wine made in Burgundy, France
: a reddish-purple color

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