burgess

noun
bur·gess | \ ˈbər-jəs \

Definition of burgess 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a citizen of a British borough

b : a representative of a borough, corporate town, or university in the British Parliament

2 : a representative in the popular branch of the legislature of colonial Maryland or Virginia

Burgess

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Bur·gess | \ ˈbər-jəs \

Definition of Burgess (Entry 2 of 4)

Anthony 1917–1993 British writer

Burgess

biographical name (2)

Definition of Burgess (Entry 3 of 4)

(Frank) Gelett 1866–1951 American humorist and illustrator

Burgess

biographical name (3)

Definition of Burgess (Entry 4 of 4)

Thornton Waldo 1874–1965 American writer

Examples of burgess in a Sentence

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Big announcement on Mondays show. -- rick burgess (@bigvox) June 2, 2017 When contacted by AL.com, Burgess declined to comment. Leada Gore, AL.com, "'Rick and Bubba's' Rick Burgess says 'big announcement' coming Monday on Governor's race," 2 June 2017 Sharkey has been a member of the board of burgesses (the equivalent of selectmen or Town Council) for 10 years, but this was his first attempt at the warden's seat. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Recount Confirms Geer Wins Back Warden Seat," 18 May 2017 Big announcement on Mondays show. -- rick burgess (@bigvox) June 2, 2017 When contacted by AL.com, Burgess declined to comment. Leada Gore, AL.com, "'Rick and Bubba's' Rick Burgess says 'big announcement' coming Monday on Governor's race," 2 June 2017 The board of burgesses will be meeting soon with Geer to try and find a less expensive alternative to providing police protection in the borough. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Jewett City Votes To Eliminate Resident Trooper," 31 May 2017 Prior to that, Geer had served six terms as a burgess. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Recount Confirms Geer Wins Back Warden Seat," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of burgess

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for burgess

Noun

Middle English burgeis, from Anglo-French, from borc town — more at bourg

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