bur·​gun·​dy | \ ˈbər-gən-dē How to pronounce burgundy (audio) \

Definition of burgundy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 or Burgundy plural burgundies or Burgundies : a red or white unblended wine from Burgundy also : a blended red wine produced elsewhere
2 plural burgundies : a reddish-purple color


variants: or Burgundy

Definition of burgundy (Entry 2 of 3)

: cooked in red wine and especially Burgundy typically with onions and often mushrooms : bourguignon burgundy chicken We make a quick version of beef Burgundy using mushrooms, shallots and baby carrots.— Brooke Dojny


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

Definition of Burgundy (Entry 3 of 3)

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 Burgundy (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of burgundy in a Sentence

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First Known Use of burgundy


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burgundy


Burgundy, region in France


from attributive use of burgundy entry 1

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“Burgundy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgundy. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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