bur·​gee ˌbər-ˈjē How to pronounce burgee (audio)
: a swallow-tailed flag used especially by ships for signals or identification
: the usually triangular identifying flag of a yacht club

Examples of burgee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One tattoo of goats with a Bayview Yacht Club flag, known as a burgee, signifies his first 25 races from Port Huron to Mackinac. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 The men, down to a 7-year-old sailor named Hank, had gold buttons on their blue blazers and red neckties bearing the club burgee. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2021 Outside was given a nautical motif with burgees placed in flowering pots, flags hanging from railings highlighting blue-and-white life preservers personalized with the debs' names. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, 19 July 2017 The county seal appears on a light blue burgee, which is considered to be the first Ohio county flag that is the same shape as the Ohio flag. cleveland.com, 13 July 2017

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Word History


perhaps from French dialect bourgeais shipowner

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burgee was in 1750

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“Burgee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgee. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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