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burgee

[ bur-jee, bur-jee ]
/ ˈbɜr dʒi, bɜrˈdʒi /
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noun

a triangular flag or one having a shallow, angular indentation in the fly, forming two tails, used as an identification flag, especially by yachts.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for burgee

burgee
/ (ˈbɜːdʒiː) /

noun

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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