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burgess

[bur-jis] /ˈbɜr dʒɪs/
noun
1.
American History. a representative in the popular branch of the colonial legislature of Virginia or Maryland.
2.
(formerly) a representative of a borough in the British Parliament.
3.
Rare. an inhabitant of an English borough.
Origin of burgess
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English burgeis < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to burg city (< Germanic) + -eis < Latin -ēnsis -ensis; cf. -ese

Burgess

[bur-jis] /ˈbɜr dʒɪs/
noun
1.
Anthony, 1917–93, English novelist and critic.
2.
(Frank) Gelett
[juh-let] /dʒəˈlɛt/ (Show IPA),
1866–1951, U.S. illustrator and humorist.
3.
Thornton Waldo, 1874–1965, U.S. author, especially of children's books.
4.
a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for burgesses
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  • The within resolutions passed the House of burgesses in May, 1765.

    Patrick Henry

    Moses Coit Tyler
  • If he had been one of the burgesses his name would have appeared with the others.

  • Whereupon it was resolved by the Assembly that his burgesses should have no admittance.

  • The house of burgesses appointed him a member of the committee of correspondence.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
  • We had only to ask what burgesses were, and whether they grew on trees.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • As to the back-country settlements, the House of burgesses should have provided for them.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • The burgesses drilled and exercised in the presence of the governor.

  • If William seize London, that treasury is his, with all the wealth of our burgesses.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But Governor and Council and the majority of the burgesses will have none of that.

British Dictionary definitions for burgesses

burgess

/ˈbɜːdʒɪs/
noun
1.
(in England)
  1. a citizen or freeman of a borough
  2. any inhabitant of a borough
2.
(English history) a Member of Parliament from a borough, corporate town, or university
3.
a member of the colonial assembly of Maryland or Virginia
Word Origin
C13: from Old French burgeis, from borc town, from Late Latin burgus, of Germanic origin; see borough

Burgess

/ˈbɜːdʒɪs/
noun
1.
Anthony, real name John Burgess Wilson. 1917–93, English novelist and critic: his novels include A Clockwork Orange (1962), Tremor of Intent (1966), Earthly Powers (1980), and Any Old Iron (1989)
2.
Guy. 1911–63, British spy, who fled to the Soviet Union (with Donald Maclean) in 1951
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Word Origin and History for burgesses

burgess

n.

c.1200, burgeis "citizen of a borough," from Old French borjois (Modern French bourgeois), from Late Latin burgensis (see bourgeois). Applied from late 15c. to borough representatives in Parliament and used later in Virginia and other colonies used to denote members of the legislative body, while in Pennsylvania, etc., it meant "member of the governing council of a borough."

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