Origin of burgherMiddle English from burgh, borough; in Modern English assimilated from German bürger or Dutch burger
- A citizen of a town or borough.
- A comfortable or complacent member of the middle class.
- a. A member of the mercantile class of a medieval European city.b. A citizen of a medieval European city.
Origin of burgherGerman Bürger or Dutch burger both from Middle High German burgaere from Old High German burgārī from burg city ; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle Dutch burgher (Modern Dutch: burger); from Middle High German burger (Modern German: Bürger); from Old High German burgari (“inhabitant of a fortress”); derivative of burg (“fortress, citadel”), from Proto-Germanic *burgz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰərgʰ- (“fortified elevation”). Compare also Old English burgwaras (“inhabitants of a burg, burghers, citizens”). More at borough.
- A member of a mixed race ethnic group of Sri Lanka, consisting of descendants of European colonists and local people.