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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Middle Dutch, 15th century


A citizen of a town or city, typically a member of the wealthy bourgeoisie.

Examples of Burgher in a sentence

"I'm not just a citizen of this town; I consider myself a burgher of the world."

"After five years of living in the UK, Tina finally qualified to become a burgher."

About Burgher

Burgher developed from the Middle English word "burgh" (town) and the Dutch words "burger" (citizen) and "burg" (castle). The word "borough" (which describes a town or district) originated from these same roots.

Did you Know?

There's a difference between being a citizen and being a resident. If you are a citizen (burgher) of a town, then you have met the requirements to perform certain actions, like voting and running for office. A resident, on the other hand, simply resides in a particular area — they may not be a burgher.

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