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.

Nearby words

  1. bureaucratize,
  2. burelage,
  3. burelé,
  4. burette,
  5. burg,
  6. burgas,
  7. burgee,
  8. burgenland,
  9. burgeois,
  10. burgeon

Origin of burgage

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

Related formsnon·burg·age, noun

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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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