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bursary

[bur-suh-ree]
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noun, plural bur·sa·ries.
  1. Ecclesiastical. the treasury of a monastery.
  2. British. a college scholarship.
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Origin of bursary

1530–40; < Medieval Latin bursāria treasurer's room, derivative of bursārius a treasurer. See bursar, -y3
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Examples from the Web for bursary

Historical Examples

  • A bursary is what an English undergraduate would call a "Schol."

    The Right Stuff

    Ian Hay

  • For such heresy he ought to be sent with a bursary to a seminary for priests—but enough of that.

    The Duel

    A. I. Kuprin

  • He lost his bursary on the way home with it, and still he strutted.

  • I competed for a bursary, and was fortunate enough to secure one.

  • My present impression is that Spalding took the first bursary.


British Dictionary definitions for bursary

bursary

noun plural -ries
  1. Also called: bursarship a scholarship or grant awarded esp in Scottish and New Zealand schools, universities etc
  2. British
    1. the treasury of a college, etc
    2. the bursar's room in a college
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Word Origin and History for bursary

n.

"treasury," 1690s, from Medieval Latin bursaria "treasurer's room," from bursarius (see bursar).

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