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

Examples of burgundy in a Sentence

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The burgundy and gold foils that accompany it in the palette just amplify this dreamy vibe. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Tarte's New Foil Finger Pocket Palettes Are Made Specifically for Applying With Your Fingers," 11 July 2019 For Marilyn Elmore-Taylor, 50, who strolled the festival with her husband in matching Adidas track suits — hers black, his burgundy red — those references hit hard. Lee Romney, latimes.com, "Has Hollywood wised up to San Francisco’s gentrification crisis?," 3 July 2019 Police are looking for the Sebring, which Dwyer said is red or burgundy. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Warren man dead after being struck in hit-and-run, dragged, then struck again," 6 June 2019 The brick red shade is almost burgundy and perfect for the girl who likes a red lip, but not too bold. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "This New Beauty Brand Named Its Lipsticks After Iconic Black Women," 26 Apr. 2019 Those with a hue that’s more pumpkin than burgundy will be best suited by arches with the smallest hint of copper. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Best Brows for Your Hair Color: From Bleached to Black," 5 Apr. 2019 While Kate wore a burgundy vintage dress by Janice Wainwright, Lila wore a metallic strapless dress with chunky black heels. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss and Her Daughter Lila Looked so Alike as They Attended Marc Jacobs's Wedding Together," 7 Apr. 2019 There below was a burgundy Austin sports car heading east on Washington Boulevard. Wendy Grossman Kantor, EW.com, "Who killed the Masked Marvel?," 27 June 2019 Even then, the 78-year-old was nicely dressed, donning a burgundy Hawaiian shirt. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "How a Boston man keeps his father’s name alive through fashion," 13 June 2019

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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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