- American History. a representative in the popular branch of the colonial legislature of Virginia or Maryland.
- (formerly) a representative of a borough in the British Parliament.
- Rare. an inhabitant of an English borough.
Origin of burgess
- Anthony,1917–93, English novelist and critic.
- (Frank) Ge·lett [juh-let] /dʒəˈlɛt/, 1866–1951, U.S. illustrator and humorist.
- Thornton Waldo,1874–1965, U.S. author, especially of children's books.
- a male given name.
Related Words for burgessvoter, civilian, resident, national, settler, inhabitant, taxpayer, villager, dweller, commoner, aborigine, denizen, subject, householder, occupant, native, cosmopolite, burgher, burgess, townsperson
Examples from the Web for burgess
Contemporary Examples of burgess
Calls to Burgess to comment on this story were not returned.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
December 11, 2014
In any case, Burgess likes to rail against these pushy liberals and their tricky, communistic light bulbs.The GOP’s Relentless Crusade to Save America From Commie Light Bulbs
January 17, 2014
Burgess, nominated for Earthly Powers, would not attend the ceremony unless the committee guaranteed him a win.The 12 Biggest Booker Prize Controversies
July 23, 2013
It was Philby, it turned out, who alerted Maclean and Burgess that they should escape to the Soviet Union in 1951.Edward Snowden Risks Sharing Fate of Kim Philby, Guy Burgess & More
July 2, 2013
Any public attention had been on his possible role in tipping off Burgess and Maclean.The Charmed Life of a Traitor
November 6, 2009
Historical Examples of burgess
Stephen caught the bridle, and Ambrose helped the burgess into the saddle.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Some years ago, your good town did me the honour of making me an honorary Burgess.The Letters of Robert Burns
"Oh, Cap'n Burgess didn't fix the table, if that's what you mean," said the new nurse.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
They also ordered every burgess to provide himself with a bucket.William Shakespeare
Samuel Levy Bensusan
She then suddenly remembered that Mr. Burgess was no longer living in her hotel.Telepathy
W. W. Baggally
- (in England)
- a citizen or freeman of a borough
- any inhabitant of a borough
- English history a Member of Parliament from a borough, corporate town, or university
- a member of the colonial assembly of Maryland or Virginia
Word Origin for burgess
- Anthony, real name John Burgess Wilson . 1917–93, English novelist and critic: his novels include A Clockwork Orange (1962), Tremor of Intent (1966), Earthly Powers (1980), and Any Old Iron (1989)
- Guy . 1911–63, British spy, who fled to the Soviet Union (with Donald Maclean) in 1951
c.1200, burgeis "citizen of a borough," from Old French borjois (Modern French bourgeois), from Late Latin burgensis (see bourgeois). Applied from late 15c. to borough representatives in Parliament and used later in Virginia and other colonies used to denote members of the legislative body, while in Pennsylvania, etc., it meant "member of the governing council of a borough."