House of Burgesses

noun phrase

: the colonial representative assembly of Virginia

Examples of House of Burgesses in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Washington’s cash accounts ledger, the war hero and then-delegate in the Virginia House of Burgesses paid a £1.16 reward (around $250 today) for the escapee’s prompt return to his Virginia estate. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of House of Burgesses was in 1619

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“House of Burgesses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/House%20of%20Burgesses. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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