[bur-jee, bur-jee]


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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Historical Examples of burgee

  • The burgee of the other Club we have named has undergone many changes.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme

  • "You don't have to hold him," called Captain Burgee, dismounting from Loopy the mate.

    Sugar Plum

    Reginald Bretnor

  • 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

    Harry Collingwood

  • The Royal Yacht Club burgee at this period was plain white, without any device whatever.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme

British Dictionary definitions for burgee



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

Word Origin for burgee

C18: perhaps from French (Jersey dialect) bourgeais shipowner, from Old French borgeis; see bourgeois 1, burgess
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