Definition of bursar in English:


Line breaks: bur¦sar
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːsə


chiefly British
1A person who manages the financial affairs of a college or school.
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  • Conspiracy theories have been fuelled by evidence that the committee of college bursars has commissioned a report into rent levels but has refused to make its findings public.
  • Under this practice, the college bursar was compelled to hand out as much money as students might request at the beginning of the semester.
  • Earlier, colleagues at the university paid tribute to Mr Nicholson who worked as a bursar for three colleges over 24 years.
2Scottish A student who holds a bursary.
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  • That programme has supported 463 students over 5 years, with bursars achieving an 80 to 95 percent pass rate.
  • The Bank awards £1,000 for each year of a bursar's degree programme.
  • The bursars will be chosen on the basis of the information provided to the University through those web pages, with financial need being the major determining factor.


late Middle English: from French boursier or (in sense 1) medieval Latin bursarius, from bursa 'bag, purse' (see bursa).

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