- an inhabitant of a town, especially a member of the middle class; citizen.
Origin of burgher
Examples from the Web for burgher
Well, gentlemen of the burgher guard, what are you advancing for, and what do you wish?
It was indeed the order, which the burgher guard received with a roar of triumph.
That a man was a "citizen," or burgher, of any town, of course proves nothing.Holbein
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.The Peace Negotiations
J. D. Kestell
- 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
- a citizen of the Cape Colony or of one of the Transvaal and Free State republics
- (as modifier)burgher troops
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).