Definition of burgomaster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərɡəˌmastər/


The mayor of a Dutch, Flemish, German, Austrian, or Swiss town.
Example sentences
  • Ten days later, I arrived with my trucks, while, back in Bevensen, a group of citizens chosen by the burgomaster were putting the final touches to the place of entertainment.
  • Everyone who saw him was in agreement that the triumph of his long career was Mathias, the guilt-ridden burgomaster in Leopold Lewis's melodrama The Bells.
  • The artist worked for the Amsterdam burgomasters, John Maurice of Nassau, and the Elector of Brandenburg.


Late 16th century: from Dutch burgemeester, from burg 'castle, citadel' (see borough) + meester 'master'. The change in the final element was due to association with master1.

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