Definition of bursary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəːsəri/

noun (plural bursaries)

1A grant, especially one awarded to someone to enable them to study at university or college.
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 room of a bursar in a college or school.
Example sentences
  • Please collect a form from the Finance Bursar's Secretary, Lynne Rudman, Room 11 in the Bursary.



Pronunciation: /bəːˈsɛːrɪəl/
Example sentences
  • Before Bolton School, Mr Marsden held bursarial positions at two other state schools.
  • The daily running of the College falls into two main divisions, bursarial and tutorial.
  • David and Helen Belchamber offer to review the bursarial management of smaller schools at a price that they can afford.


Late 17th century (in 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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Line breaks: bur|sary

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