- Ecclesiastical. the treasury of a monastery.
- British. a college scholarship.
Origin of bursary
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Examples from the Web for bursary
A bursary is what an English undergraduate would call a "Schol."The Right Stuff
For such heresy he ought to be sent with a bursary to a seminary for priests—but enough of that.The Duel
A. I. Kuprin
He lost his bursary on the way home with it, and still he strutted.An Edinburgh Eleven
J. M. Barrie
I competed for a bursary, and was fortunate enough to secure one.
My present impression is that Spalding took the first bursary.A Letter on Shakspere's Authorship of The Two Noble Kinsmen
- Also called: bursarship a scholarship or grant awarded esp in Scottish and New Zealand schools, universities etc
- the treasury of a college, etc
- the bursar's room in a college
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Word Origin and History for bursary
"treasury," 1690s, from Medieval Latin bursaria "treasurer's room," from bursarius (see bursar).
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