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NOUN (2)

1. English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993);
[syn: Burgess, Anthony Burgess]

2. a citizen of an English borough;
[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 borough. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] Note: "A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a city." --Burrill. [1913 Webster] 2. One who represents a borough in Parliament. [1913 Webster] 3. A magistrate of a borough. [1913 Webster] 4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for municipal officers. [1913 Webster] Note: Before the Revolution, the representatives in the popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were called burgesses; they are now called delegates. [1913 Webster] Burgess oath. See Burgher, 2. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Burgess 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. Headwords: Burgess, MO Burgess