bur·​gun·​dy | \ˈbər-gən-dē \
plural burgundies

Definition of burgundy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 often capitalized : a red or white unblended wine from Burgundy also : a blended red wine produced elsewhere

2 : a reddish-purple color


geographical name
Bur·​gun·​dy | \ˈbər-gən-dē \
variants: or French Bourgogne \ bür-​ˈgȯnʸ \

Definition of Burgundy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 region and with varying limits former kingdom, duchy, and province in eastern France south of the region of Champagne

2 former county of France east of Burgundy province; later called Franche-Com*té \ ˌfräⁿsh-​kōⁿ-​ˈtā \

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Other Words from burgundy

Geographical name

Burgundian \ (ˌ)bər-​ˈgən-​dē-​ən \ adjective or noun

Examples of burgundy in a Sentence

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The burgundy wine color and white polkadot piece featured a collared neckline, short capped sleeves and a tie at the waist. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Twinned With Kate Middleton in Her Polka Dot & Other Stories Dress," 22 Oct. 2018 Early this morning, Meghan Markle was spotted arriving on Australia's Fraser Island in a burgundy polka-dot dress. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Stepped Out in an Affordable, Eco-Friendly Dress on the Royal Tour of Australia," 22 Oct. 2018 To complement her McQueen look, Middleton accessorized with a Philip Treacy hat with floral and mesh detailing, diamond pendant earrings, velvet burgundy Prada pumps, and a matching velvet box clutch. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Narrowly Avoided a Wardrobe Malfunction at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 North paired her version of the pony with hair rings—not dissimilar to ones Grande's worn in the past—while Kim enhanced her look with burgundy eyeshadow. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Hilariously Trolled Kim Kardashian and North West for Their Very Familiar-Looking Ponytails," 30 Sep. 2018 A few weeks prior, Kourtney Kardashian wore a tube dress in a deep burgundy color by Area, a look that evoked the early-’00s little black tube dress that transformed Victoria Beckham into Posh Spice. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Tube Tops and Tube Dresses Are Here to Stay," 7 Aug. 2018 Purple Pixie features arching branches of soft, slender 2-inch long elliptic burgundy leaves. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Let this ‘Purple Pixie’ bring a little color to the garden," 29 June 2018 What to look for: Good Aleppo-style pepper is flaky, semi-oily, and has a rich burgundy color. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Aleppo-Style Pepper and How Spicy is It, Really?," 5 Feb. 2018 The robbers took the pair’s phones and keys, fleeing Northbound on State Street in a burgundy Chevrolet Malibu, police said. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Pair robbed at gunpoint in South Loop," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of burgundy


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burgundy


Burgundy, region in France

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English Language Learners Definition of burgundy

Burgundy : a red or white wine made in Burgundy, France

: a reddish-purple color

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