an inhabitant of a town, especially a member of the middle class; citizen.
Origin of burgher
1560–70;Related formsburgh·er·ship, noun
< Middle Dutch
< Middle High German burger,
equivalent to burg borough
+ -er -er1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for burghervoter
Examples from the Web for burgher
Historical Examples of 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.
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
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 for burgher
C16: from German Bürger, or Dutch burger freeman of a borough
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper