burgess

noun
bur·​gess | \ ˈbər-jəs How to pronounce burgess (audio) \

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

biographical name (1)
Bur·​gess | \ ˈbər-jəs How to pronounce Burgess (audio) \

Definition of Burgess (Entry 2 of 4)

Anthony 1917–1993 originally John Anthony Burgess Wilson 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Assembly made decisions the same way—governor, advisors and burgesses casting one vote each (the governor did wield a veto). Richard Brookhiser, Time, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Honored Ideals Far Older Than Four Score and Seven Years," 19 Nov. 2019 On Tuesday, lawmakers, members of Congress and other guests will gather at historic Jamestown for ceremonies to commemorate the meeting of the burgesses. Washington Post, "Events in Virginia mark beginnings of American democracy," 28 July 2019 But 1619 saw another: July 30 to August 4 marked the first meeting of Jamestown’s general assembly — elected burgesses, discussing and voting on their own laws, the seed of self-rule in the new world. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 12 Sep. 2019 The weather was so hot that one burgess died on the third day. Washington Post, "Jamestown ceremony marks birth of democracy in America; black Va. legislators skip because of Trump," 30 July 2019 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

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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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“Burgess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgess. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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