[syn: burgess, burgher]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Burgess \Bur"gess\, n. [OE. burgeis, OF. burgeis, fr.
burcfortified town, town, F. bourg village, fr. LL. burgus
fort, city; from the German; cf. MHG. burc, G. burg. See 1st
Borough, and cf. 2d Bourgeois.]
1. An inhabitant of a borough or walled town, or one who
possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman of a
Note: "A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a
2. One who represents a borough in Parliament.
3. A magistrate of a borough.
4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for
Note: Before the Revolution, the representatives in the
popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were
called burgesses; they are now called delegates.
Burgess oath. See Burgher, 2.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993) [syn:
Burgess, Anthony Burgess]
2: a citizen of an English borough [syn: burgess, burgher]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
BURGESS. A magistrate of a borough; generally, the chief officer of the
corporation, who performs, within the borough, the same kind of duties which
a mayor does in a city. In England, the word is sometimes applied to all the
inhabitants of a borough, who are called burgesses sometimes it signifies
the representatives of a borough in parliament.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Burgess, MO -- U.S. town in Missouri
Population (2000): 70
Housing Units (2000): 33
Land area (2000): 0.075088 sq. miles (0.194476 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.075088 sq. miles (0.194476 sq. km)
FIPS code: 09802
Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
Location: 37.555890 N, 94.615703 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.