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[bur-jee, bur-jee] /ˈbɜr dʒi, bɜrˈdʒi/
a triangular flag or one having a shallow, angular indentation in the fly, forming two tails, used as an identification flag, especially by yachts.
Origin of burgee
1840-50; perhaps shortening of *burgee's flag, by reanalysis of *burgess flag, burgess translating French bourgeois in sense “owner” (of a ship) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for burgee
Historical Examples
  • The burgee of the other Club we have named has undergone many changes.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • "You don't have to hold him," called Captain burgee, dismounting from Loopy the mate.

    Sugar Plum

    Reginald Bretnor
  • And the burgee––the letters on the burgee––my cousin Alice worked them.

    The Seiners

    James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • He knows that we are an English yacht, for there are our ensign and burgee to bear witness to the fact.

    The Cruise of the Thetis Harry Collingwood
  • The Royal Yacht Club burgee at this period was plain white, without any device whatever.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • The modern flag, known as the burgee, largely used in flag signalling, is like a shortened pennon.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • This should really be burgee, but then it wouldn't rhyme, and a Poet may drop a syllable, if he or she mayn't drop an H!

  • That makes us pirates, and that old Maggie burgee floatin' at the fore ain't nothin' more nor less than the Jolly Roger.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • At the bow flew a burgee or small swallow-tailed flag of blue upon which was the word Deerfoot in gold.

  • That is yachting fashion, you know, Master Horace, to run the burgee up when the owner comes on board.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for burgee


(nautical) a triangular or swallow-tailed flag flown from the mast of a merchant ship for identification and from the mast of a yacht to indicate its owner's membership of a particular yacht club
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from French (Jersey dialect) bourgeais shipowner, from Old French borgeis; see bourgeois1, burgess
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