• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Burgess-ship The state of privilege of a burgess.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n burgess-ship The state or condition of being a burgess.
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In literature:

The burgesses gave the king twenty ships once a year for fifteen days, and in each ship were twenty men.
"Fifty-two Stories of the British Navy, from Damme to Trafalgar." by Alfred H. Miles