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burgomaster

[bur-guh-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
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noun
  1. the chief magistrate of a municipal town of Holland, Flanders, Germany, or Austria.
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Origin of burgomaster

1585–95; < Dutch burgemeester, equivalent to burg borough + meester master, cognate with German Bürgermeister major
Related formsbur·go·mas·ter·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for burgomaster

Historical Examples

  • "Now we ought to see the burgomaster," said Rob, as the afternoon waned.

    The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields

    Lieut. Howard Payson

  • The next day I found the burgomaster's son at my actress's house.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I found there the burgomaster's son, who was just beginning a game of billiards.

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    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • She was the burgomaster's wife, and the general was nearly always with her.

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    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Just as I awoke I was handed a summons to appear before the burgomaster.

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    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt


British Dictionary definitions for burgomaster

burgomaster

noun
  1. the chief magistrate of a town in Austria, Belgium, Germany, or the Netherlands; mayor
  2. a popular name for the glaucous gull
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Word Origin

C16: partial translation of Dutch burgemeester; see borough, master
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