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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Geographical name

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

Examples of burgundy in a Sentence

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The townhouse space, with a cafe area up front and dining room beyond, is done in regal tones of deep blue, green, burgundy and gold, with marble accents. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "North 3rd Street Market Opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn," 29 May 2018 Canary yellow swirls next to dark burgundy, and chartreuse grabs the eye when paired with vermilion. Upend the adage of separating warm colors (like red) and cool ones (blues), and go for shock. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 Some, including the Bedford Minutemen, wore uniforms that were nearly perfectly matched, while other militias wore motley combinations of green, blue, burgundy, and white. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "In Bedford, pole-capping a point of pride for the town," 7 Apr. 2018 Maasai-clay burgundy, earthy browns, desert tones, ox blood, blood red, and red brown. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Best Spring Hair-Color Ideas," 7 Mar. 2018 For her first official engagement in Nottingham, the soon-to-be royal carried the Scottish brand's Midi Tote in burgundy, navy and vanilla. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "All The Details on Meghan Markle's Green Crossbody Bag in Scotland," 13 Feb. 2018 Around 200 students enjoyed dancing, socializing and food, with most wearing fashions combining of the colors burgundy, blue, and white. Dinah L. Rogers Photography, NOLA.com, "Prom 2018: Edna Karr creates 'A Night to Remember'," 22 Apr. 2018 The Sun reports the Suits star wore a burgundy 'Tay' velvet dress from Club Monaco for lunch at Sandringham with the Queen. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Meghan Markle Wore This Pretty Velvet Dress For Her First Royal Christmas With Prince Harry," 2 Jan. 2018 Newcastle's new shirt features navy blue and burgundy stripes going across the shirt, while the club crest, manufacturer and sponsor are each printed in gold, completing what could quite possibly be the best away shirt in the league next season. SI.com, "Newcastle United Reveal New 2018/19 Away Kit Taking Inspiration From Classic Shirt," 9 July 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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