bursar

[bur-ser, -sahr]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bursa,
  2. bursa of fabricius,
  3. bursa of gastrocnemius,
  4. bursa of semimembranosus,
  5. bursal synovitis,
  6. bursarial,
  7. bursary,
  8. burschenschaft,
  9. burse,
  10. bursectomy

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

Related formsun·der·bur·sar, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bursar

bursar

noun

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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Word Origin and History for bursar

bursar

n.

"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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