- Now Rare a citizen or freeman of a British borough
- Historical, Brit. a member of the British Parliament representing a borough, corporate town, or university
- an elected member of the colonial legislature of Md. or Va.
Origin of burgessMiddle English and Old French burgeis: see bourgeois
1866-1951; U.S. humorist & illustrator
- A freeman or citizen of an English borough.
- A member of the English Parliament who once represented a town, borough, or university.
- A member of the lower house of the legislature of colonial Virginia or Maryland.
Origin of burgessMiddle English burgeis from Old French from Late Latin burgēnsis from burgus fortified town ; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- An inhabitant of a borough with full rights; a citizen.
- (historical) A town magistrate.
- (historical, UK) A representative of a borough in the Parliament.
- (historical, US) A member of the House of Burgesses, a legislative body in the colonial America, established by Virginia Company to provide civil rule in the colonies.
- A surname.