[ bur-ser, -sahr ]
/ ˈbɜr sər, -sɑr /


a treasurer or business officer, especially of a college or university.
(in the Middle Ages) a university student.
Chiefly Scot. a student attending a university on a scholarship.


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Origin of bursar

1400–50; < Medieval Latin bursārius a purse-keeper, treasurer (see bursa, -ar2); replacing late Middle English bouser, variant of bourser < Anglo-French; Old French borsier


un·der·bur·sar, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bursar

/ (ˈbɜːsə) /


an official in charge of the financial management of a school, college, or university
mainly Scot and NZ a student holding a bursary

Word Origin for bursar

C13: from Medieval Latin bursārius keeper of the purse, from bursa purse
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