- a triangular flag or one having a shallow, angular indentation in the fly, forming two tails, used as an identification flag, especially by yachts.
Origin of burgee
1840–50; perhaps shortening of *burgee's flag, by reanalysis of *burgess flag, burgess translating French bourgeois in sense “owner” (of a ship)
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The burgee of the other Club we have named has undergone many changes.
"You don't have to hold him," called Captain Burgee, dismounting from Loopy the mate.Sugar Plum
And the burgee––the letters on the burgee––my cousin Alice worked them.The Seiners
James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
He knows that we are an English yacht, for there are our ensign and burgee to bear witness to the fact.The Cruise of the Thetis
The Royal Yacht Club burgee at this period was plain white, without any device whatever.
- nautical a triangular or swallow-tailed flag flown from the mast of a merchant ship for identification and from the mast of a yacht to indicate its owner's membership of a particular yacht club
C18: perhaps from French (Jersey dialect) bourgeais shipowner, from Old French borgeis; see bourgeois 1, burgess
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