Definition of bursary in English:


Syllabification: bur·sa·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈbərsərē

noun (plural bursaries)

  • 1chiefly British A scholarship to attend a college or university.
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    • And regardless of financial plight, many schools award bursaries or grants to the children of parents employed in the armed forces or clergy, or as teachers.
    • Towards the end of this year, the Law Society of Namibia will again be looking for candidates to award bursaries for the study of law.
    • Previously the bank only awarded bursaries for studies in banking and related fields, she said.
  • 2The treasury of an institution, especially a religious one.
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    • My grant cheque arrived on time at the college bursary.
    • The duties are varied but will include secretarial support for the College Accountant and Land Agent as well as personal assistant in the Bursary.
    • There is a vacancy for a full-time Bursary Secretary/Administrator.


late 17th century (sense 2): from medieval Latin bursaria, from bursa 'bag, purse' (see bursa).

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