Definition of bursary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərsərē/

noun (plural bursaries)

1chiefly British A scholarship to attend a college or university.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with bursary

anniversary, cursory, mercery, nursery

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Syllabification: bur·sa·ry

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