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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Other Words from burgundy

Geographical name

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

Examples of burgundy in a Sentence

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His mother Gloria sported a black dress, burgundy velvet short sleeve coat with green and multicolor marabou trim on the shoulder pads, and a giant pair of sparkling aviator sunglasses. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Brought His Mom as His Date to the SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 Either way, burgundy is a good color for both ladies and a very seasonally festive choice. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Matched in Burgundy Outfits While Attending Different Events," 21 Nov. 2018 The pan, which is currently available in three colors: blue, a deep burgundy called grenadine, and graphite and brass. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best-Selling Staub Perfect Pan Is On Major Discount At Food52 Right Now," 22 Jan. 2019 The burgundy velvet fabric comes from Kravet Couture. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "An Oscar-Worthy Home Theater in the Family Basement," 16 Jan. 2019 The siblings all wore different but coordinated long dresses in similar shades of burgundy and purple. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Shares More Photos From Private Wedding to Josh Kushner," 26 Oct. 2018 The larger mixer is available in 22 (!) gorgeous hues, including light yellow, deep burgundy, and classic navy. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Macy's Cyber Monday Sale Includes 48% Off KitchenAids," 23 Nov. 2018 But the confusion continues: That 128GB storage option isn’t available in black, burgundy, or blue—only platinum. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The $999 Surface Laptop 2 is available, but good luck finding it," 4 Oct. 2018 Though, in recent years, a handful of style icons (hi, hello, Solange) and fashion designers ('sup, Sies Marjan) have broadened the definition to include burgundies, blues, pinks, and, for those who are poised or careful enough, whites. Ana Colon, Glamour, "The Unexpected Fall 2018 Color Trend That'll Take Over Your Wardrobe," 5 Sep. 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

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

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