bur·​go·​mas·​ter ˈbər-gə-ˌma-stər How to pronounce burgomaster (audio)
: the chief magistrate of a town in some European countries : mayor

Examples of burgomaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His two hundred or so paintings consist of a strict diet of burgomasters, brewers, pipe smokers, regents, street urchins, people holding various things in their hands (donkey’s jawbone, stretched pig’s bladder), and hundreds of Dutch heads plattered on flat linen collars and millstone ruffs. Zachary Fine, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 Lavaux is the village’s burgomaster, a position equivalent to mayor or chief magistrate. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2021

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Word History


partial modification, partial translation of Dutch burgemeester, from burg town + meester master

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burgomaster was in 1592

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“Burgomaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgomaster. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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bur·​go·​mas·​ter ˈbər-gə-ˌmas-tər How to pronounce burgomaster (audio)
: the mayor of a town in some European countries

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