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bur·​gun·​dy ˈbər-gən-dē How to pronounce burgundy (audio)
or Burgundy plural burgundies or Burgundies : a red or white unblended wine from Burgundy
also : a blended red wine produced elsewhere
plural burgundies : a reddish-purple color


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variants or Burgundy
: 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

Example Sentences

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Word History



Burgundy, region in France


from attributive use of burgundy entry 1

First Known Use


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burgundy was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Burgundy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgundy. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Bur·​gun·​dy ˈbər-gən-dē How to pronounce Burgundy (audio)
variants or French Bourgogne
region and with varying limits former kingdom, duchy, and province in eastern France south of the region of Champagne
former county of France east of Burgundy province; later called Franche-Com*té \ ˌfräⁿsh-​kōⁿ-​ˈtā How to pronounce Burgundy (audio) \
Burgundian adjective or noun

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