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  1. an inhabitant of a town, especially a member of the middle class; citizen.
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Origin of burgher

1560–70; < Middle Dutch < Middle High German burger, equivalent to burg borough + -er -er1
Related formsburgh·er·ship, noun
Can be confusedburger burgher
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Related Words for burgher

voter, civilian, resident, national, settler, inhabitant, taxpayer, villager, dweller, commoner, aborigine, denizen, subject, householder, occupant, native, cosmopolite, burgher, burgess, townsperson

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Historical Examples of burgher

  • Well, gentlemen of the burgher guard, what are you advancing for, and what do you wish?

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • It was indeed the order, which the burgher guard received with a roar of triumph.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • That a man was a "citizen," or burgher, of any town, of course proves nothing.


    Beatrice Fortescue

  • What was the burgher life of that first century of Munich's history?

  • A burgher who was with them to-day went to lay down his arms to-morrow.

British Dictionary definitions for burgher


  1. a member of the trading or mercantile class of a medieval city
  2. a respectable citizen; bourgeois
  3. archaic a citizen or inhabitant of a corporate town, esp on the Continent
  4. Southern African history
    1. a citizen of the Cape Colony or of one of the Transvaal and Free State republics
    2. (as modifier)burgher troops
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Word Origin for burgher

C16: from German Bürger, or Dutch burger freeman of a borough
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Word Origin and History for burgher


1560s, "freeman of a burgh," from Middle Dutch burgher or German Bürger, from Middle High German burger, from Old High German burgari "inhabitant of a fortress," from burg "fortress, citadel" (see borough). Burgh, as a native variant of borough, persists in Scottish English (cf. Edinburgh).

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