Definition of burgher in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərɡər/


archaic or humorous
A citizen of a town or city, typically a member of the wealthy bourgeoisie.
Example sentences
  • Holland was from the mid-1600s a Republic, so the wealthy merchants, burghers, and businessmen became the defacto rulers of the town and country - much as it is in the U.S. today.
  • It had a lively artistic community and its wealthy burghers, together with the Church and the court at Brussels, provided patrons.
  • I'd feel better, though, if the city's burghers had shown some concern about the defacing and trashing that define this city every day.


Middle English: from burgh, reinforced by Dutch burger, from burg 'castle' (see borough).

Words that rhyme with burgher

Berger, burger

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: burgh·er

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