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 ˌfräⁿsh-kōⁿ-ˈtā (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

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There below was a burgundy Austin sports car heading east on Washington Boulevard. Wendy Grossman Kantor, EW.com, "Who killed the Masked Marvel?," 27 June 2019 Even then, the 78-year-old was nicely dressed, donning a burgundy Hawaiian shirt. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "How a Boston man keeps his father’s name alive through fashion," 13 June 2019 From burgundy to navy to even lilac, Cushnie hit the nail on the head, showing us how to style pieces of the same color palette. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Will Monochromatic Looks Become Fall's Biggest Trend?," 5 June 2019 Standouts in the last category include a burgundy dégradé western-inspired shirt and a red silk varsity marching-band jacket. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Saint Laurent mines Mick Jagger by way of Marrakesh — in Malibu," 7 June 2019 The ale was brewed with burgundy wine yeast, blood orange juice and zest, and fresh strawberry puree. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 2019 The premium brown- or burgundy-leather case is not just a cover, but an actual part of the laptop that flips easily to use as a tablet. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Touchscreen Laptops of 2019," 30 Apr. 2019 Suiting takes center stage this season with a variety of updates, including interesting prints and unexpected colors like burgundy (which is just as versatile as classic navy or gray). Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 And while burgundy may suggest only dark shades of cool red, there are lots of bright, not-so-deep, and even slightly warmer versions of the hue — truly something for everyone. Allure, "15 Beautiful Burgundy Hair-Color Ideas That Feel Fresh and Modern," 16 May 2019

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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

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

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