- 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.
Origin of bursar
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I do not know how far you are in the right about guessing at a Bursar: Tim.
While Bursar of Magdalen College he built the college chapel tower.Biographical Outlines
The Bursar thought that Mr. Ravenshoe's plea of sobriety should be taken in extenuation.Ravenshoe
“The Bursar and I shall have plenty of time for an explanation—later,” said Pluto.The Casual Ward
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Suppose he went to the Bursar, obtained an exeat, fled straight to London!Zuleika Dobson
- an official in charge of the financial management of a school, college, or university
- mainly Scot and NZ a student holding a bursary
C13: from Medieval Latin bursārius keeper of the purse, from bursa purse
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Word Origin and History for bursar
"treasurer of a college," 1580s, from Anglo-Latin burser "treasurer" (13c.), from Medieval Latin bursarius "purse-bearer," from bursa (see purse (n.)). Related: Bursarial.
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