bur·​gun·​dy | \ ˈbər-gən-dē How to pronounce burgundy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce Burgundy (audio) \
variants: or French Bourgogne \ bür-​ˈgȯnʸ How to pronounce Bourgogne (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Burgundy (audio) \

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Burgundian \ (ˌ)bər-​ˈgən-​dē-​ən How to pronounce Burgundian (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of burgundy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For a moody look, make these plump faux pumpkins in muted colors, like burgundy, taupe, and charcoal. Shelby Deering, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Festive Ways to Feature Fall Pumpkin Decor in Your Home," 10 Sep. 2020 Most of the products are designed in the franchise’s familiar burgundy and gold color scheme. cleveland, "Washington Football Team merchandise now on sale," 30 July 2020 Black tomato cultivars are those with fruit that have deep burgundy to dark reddish brown to black skin when ripe — the flesh is also generally darkly pigmented. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill's mailbox: Leggy plants, black tomatoes and building a better raised garden," 19 Aug. 2020 From a pearlescent blue inspired by balcony choirs to a burgundy sourced from Italian wine, scroll ahead for 12 new shades that will transport you to a balmy autumn evening in Milan, and bring some joy to your fingertips in the process. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "OPI Dropped Its Autumn Nail Collection — & Every Shade Is Bellissima," 14 Aug. 2020 Several recommended keeping the traditional gold and burgundy colors and playing next season known simply as Washington Football, rather than rush into anything the organization might regret. Jim Litke, The Denver Post, "Litke: What’s in a name? Stubborn Washington owner Dan Snyder is about to find out.," 14 July 2020 Even the leaf colors vary from deep green to rich burgundy. Claire Harmeyer, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Facts About Water Lilies That Will Make You Love Them Even More," 7 Aug. 2020 Washington will continue to play in burgundy and gold, but the Indian head silhouette that appeared as the primary helmet logo will be replaced by each player’s number in gold. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Washington’s Jonathan Allen focused on football, not team name," 2 Aug. 2020 Popular items include a burgundy heather tee for $29.99, a black Washington ballcap by New Era for $33.99 and a women’s v-neck pullover for $64.99. cleveland, "Washington Football Team merchandise now on sale," 30 July 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Burgundy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgundy. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burgundy

: a red or white wine made in Burgundy, France
: a reddish-purple color

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