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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many of the college students are regarded by the local burghers as obnoxious louts
Recent Examples on the Web But El Paso’s burghers had visions for a different Duranguito. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "El Paso officials want to bulldoze a historic barrio. This 92-year-old woman is in the way," 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, "A Unified Theory of the Trumps’ Creepy Aesthetic," 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, "A rare chance to see the world and work of Rodin at Fairfield University," 29 Oct. 2019 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgher. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burgher

old-fashioned : a person who lives in a particular town or borough

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