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bursar

Syllabification: bur·sar
Pronunciation: /ˈbərsər
 
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Definition of bursar in English:

noun

1A person who manages the financial affairs of a college or university.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2chiefly Scottish A student attending a college or university on a scholarship.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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  • purse from (Old English):

    A purse gets its name from its traditional material, leather. The word came into English some time in the 11th or 12th centuries from Latin bursa, which meant ‘money bag’ and also ‘leather, animal skin’. Bursa is the source of bursar (late 16th century), disburse (mid 16th century), and reimburse (early 17th century). Despite the difference in spelling, it is also the root of sporran, a small pouch worn around the waist by Scotsmen as part of Highland dress. The Latin word developed into Irish sparán ‘purse’ and then Scottish Gaelic sporan, and was first used in English by the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott in the early 19th century.

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