1. Anthony,1917–93, English novelist and critic.
  2. (Frank) Ge·lett [juh-let] /dʒəˈlɛt/, 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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British Dictionary definitions for anthony burgess


  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 for burgess

C13: from Old French burgeis, from borc town, from Late Latin burgus, of Germanic origin; see borough


  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 anthony burgess



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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