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burgher

[ bur-ger ]
/ ˈbɜr gər /
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noun

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 burgborough + -er-er1

OTHER WORDS FROM burgher

burgh·er·ship, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH burgher

burger, burgher
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British Dictionary definitions for burgher

burgher
/ (ˈbɜːɡə) /

noun

a member of the trading or mercantile class of a medieval city
a respectable citizen; bourgeois
archaic a citizen or inhabitant of a corporate town, esp on the Continent
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

Word Origin for burgher

C16: from German Bürger, or Dutch burger freeman of a borough
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