bur·​sar ˈbər-sər How to pronounce bursar (audio)
: an officer (as of a monastery or college) in charge of funds : treasurer

Examples of bursar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was owned by William O. Young, who oversaw the university's business affairs as secretary and bursar from 1917 to 1941, the release said. Alexandria Brown, Arkansas Online, 21 Oct. 2022 The entry was listed in a William & Mary bursar’s report from the 1754-55 academic year. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Tips about Education Financing Ask the college bursar about tuition installment plans. Mark Kantrowitz, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 As Nina's dad Kevin (Jimmy Smits) waits for the Stanford bursar's office to take his call, the hold music plays a familiar tune. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 14 June 2021 Last spring, financial aid was provided to Wilberforce students whose bursar office balance would have prohibited them from registering for upcoming fall classes, according to the news release. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, 1 June 2021 The bursar’s office had thick walls, and cocooned Martin from the din of horse-and-buggy and car traffic on his street. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, 24 Oct. 2020 Students who are 21 and older with junior or senior status will have priority, and all those whose leases are executed through the school will be billed to their student bursar account, according to the university. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 7 Aug. 2020 The Times of London reports that bursar Andrew Parker made them a counteroffer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French burser, from Medieval Latin bursarius, from bursa

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bursar was in the 13th century

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“Bursar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bursar. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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