bur·​gage ˈbər-gij How to pronounce burgage (audio)
: a tenure by which real property in England and Scotland was held under the king or a lord for a yearly rent or for watching and warding

Word History


Middle English, property held by burgage tenure, from Anglo-French, from burc, borg town — more at bourg

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burgage was in the 15th century

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“Burgage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgage. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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