bur·​gher | \ ˈbər-gər How to pronounce burgher (audio) \

Definition of burgher

1 : an inhabitant of a borough or a town
2 : a member of the middle class : a prosperous solid citizen

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Examples of burgher in a Sentence

many of the college students are regarded by the local burghers as obnoxious louts
Recent Examples on the Web No one paints so confidently and so freely, at least among the famous Old Masters, and no one can make a fat Dutch burgher look like a movie star. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 3 Feb. 2022 But El Paso’s burghers had visions for a different Duranguito. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2020 There are photos of the president grinning out from the middle of some ruddy array of wheezing burghers or gouty lawmen, always shot from far enough away that everyone’s shoes are visible. David Roth, The New Republic, 19 Dec. 2019 One of the burghers, emaciated, scantily draped, with a noose around his neck, holds a pillow with the keys to the city. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 29 Oct. 2019 Killing Kittens guests are your friends and neighbors, the good burghers of New York City. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2016 The city burghers even had a nonbinding agreement with the Charlotte Hornets, which wanted to relocate. Joe Nocera, Bloomberg.com, 13 Dec. 2017 Youngsters in sweatshirts and jeans mingle with the burghers. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 22 May 2017 In Stockholm, a memorable photograph was taken during a rare descent from the train, showing Lenin walking fast, with an umbrella and derby, looking more burgher-like than usual. Ted Widmer, The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of burgher

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Burgher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgher. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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