[ bur-gij ]
/ ˈbɜr gɪdʒ /

noun Law.

(in England) a tenure whereby burgesses or townspeople held lands or tenements of the king or other lord, usually for a fixed money rent.
(in Scotland) tenure directly from the crown of property in royal burghs in return for the service of watching and warding.

Origin of burgage

1250–1300; Middle English borgage < Anglo-French borgage, burgage or Anglo-Latin burgāgium; see burgh, -age


non·burg·age, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for burgage

/ (ˈbɜːɡɪdʒ) /

noun history

(in England) tenure of land or tenement in a town or city, which originally involved a fixed money rent
(in Scotland) the tenure of land direct from the crown in Scottish royal burghs in return for watching and warding

Word Origin for burgage

C14: from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from burgus, from Old English burg; see borough
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