burgher

noun
bur·​gher | \ˈbər-gər \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for burgher

Synonyms

citizen, townie (or towny), townsman, villager

Antonyms

noncitizen

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Examples of burgher in a Sentence

many of the college students are regarded by the local burghers as obnoxious louts

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Killing Kittens guests are your friends and neighbors, the good burghers of New York City. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside a Hamptons Sex Party for the Elite," 29 June 2016 The city burghers even had a nonbinding agreement with the Charlotte Hornets, which wanted to relocate. Joe Nocera, Bloomberg.com, "College Basketball Made Louisville, Then Broke It," 13 Dec. 2017 Youngsters in sweatshirts and jeans mingle with the burghers. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Germany’s New Concert Temples," 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, "Lenin and the Russian Spark," 20 Apr. 2017 In addition to blackjack and roulette, the casino features an occasional fight club, in which upstanding folks pair off and beat each other bloody as their fellow burghers wager money on the outcome. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘The House’ Is a Comedy Built on Despair," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of burgher

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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burgher

noun

English Language Learners Definition of burgher

: a person who lives in a particular town or borough

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