Burgher definition

bûrgər
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A member of the mercantile class of a medieval European city.
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A citizen of a medieval European city.
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A citizen of a borough or town, especially one belonging to the middle class.
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A prosperous member of the community; a middle class citizen (may connote complacency).

A member of the medieval mercantile class.

A citizen of a medieval city.

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A member of a mixed race ethnic group of Sri Lanka, consisting of descendants of European colonists and local people.
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A citizen of a town or borough.
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A comfortable or complacent member of the middle class.
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An inhabitant of a borough or town.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
burgher
Plural:
burghers

Origin of burgher

  • German Bürger or Dutch burger both from Middle High German burgaere from Old High German burgārī from burg city bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary