Origin of burgess
Related Words for burgessesvoter, civilian, resident, national, settler, inhabitant, taxpayer, villager, dweller, commoner, aborigine, denizen, subject, householder, occupant, native, cosmopolite, burgher, burgess, townsperson
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Contemporary Examples of burgesses
When he ran for the House of Burgesses in 1755, the father of our nation got a measly 40 votes.Founding Fathers Loved Drunk Voters
November 1, 2014
Historical Examples of burgesses
The within resolutions passed the House of Burgesses in May, 1765.Patrick Henry
Moses Coit Tyler
Whereupon it was resolved by the Assembly that his Burgesses should have no admittance.
If he had been one of the Burgesses his name would have appeared with the others.
The house of Burgesses appointed him a member of the committee of correspondence.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
We had only to ask what burgesses were, and whether they grew on trees.A Short History of England
G. K. Chesterton
- a citizen or freeman of a borough
- any inhabitant of a borough
Word Origin for burgess
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."