[ bur-muhn ]


, plural Bur·mans.
  1. a member of the dominant ethnic group of Myanmar (Burma), living mainly in the lowlands of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin River drainages and the southern panhandle.


  1. of or relating to the Burmans as an ethnic group.

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Other Words From

  • an·ti-Bur·man adjective noun
  • pro-Bur·man adjective noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Burman1

First recorded in 1790–1800; Burm(a) + -an

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Example Sentences

Leonard Burman: Blessing in Disguise Leonard Burman looks at the silver lining of the credit downgrade.

A little way off is a Burman with a pink goungbaum and very rich silk skirt.

Only the King was allowed to rival the poongyis in the number of his roofs, no other Burman might do such a thing.

Inside this wall at one time, the Burman time, was crammed the whole of Mandalay—six thousand houses, more or less.

The Burman who is giving the pwé and has sent us the message about it comes forward and leads us to the front courteously.

The Burman knows better, and he would get on badly without the active help and advice of his comrade and wife.


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