Definition of burgage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərɡij/


1(In England and Scotland) tenure of land in a town held in return for service or annual rent.
Example sentences
  • Every holder of burgage lands must perform suit for them at the four General Courts.
  • It has been the practice in Ipswich from antiquity that no tenant of tenements in the town held by free burgage do homage or fealty for them to the property's chief lord.
  • In parliamentary boroughs the franchise had always varied but there were four main groups - corporation, freeman, burgage, and inhabitant householder.
1.1A house or other property held by burgage tenure.
Example sentences
  • If any man wishes to sell any burgage property, the sale must be announced at the next court when, if any of his kinsman wishes to buy the property, he may do so at a lower price than anyone else.
  • This traffic had the effect of multiplying burgages and therefore votes in the Pembroke interest.
  • As the plans stand, the historic burgages will be bulldozed to make way for the cinema and a restaurant.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin burgagium, from burgus 'fortified town', of Germanic origin and related to borough.

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Syllabification: bur·gage

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