burgher

Definitions

  • Van Artevelde stands in his doorway listening to the burghers' plea
    Van Artevelde stands in his doorway listening to the burghers' plea
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n burgher a member of the middle class
    • n burgher a citizen of an English borough
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BURGHERS bookplate BURGHERS bookplate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Burgher A freeman of a burgh or borough, entitled to enjoy the privileges of the place; any inhabitant of a borough.
    • Burgher (Eccl. Hist) A member of that party, among the Scotch seceders, which asserted the lawfulness of the burgess oath (in which burgesses profess “the true religion professed within the realm”), the opposite party being called antiburghers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n burgher An inhabitant of a burgh or borough, who enjoys the privileges of the borough of which he is a freeman; hence, any citizen of a borough or town.
    • n burgher One of a body of Presbyterians in Scotland, constituting one of the divisions of the early Secession Church. This church became divided in 1747 into the Associate Synod, or Burghers, and the General Associate Synod, or Antiburghers, on the lawfulness of accepting the oath then required to be taken by the burgesses in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Perth. See Antiburgher.
    • n burgher In South Africa, a citizen of the former Transvaal Republic or of the Orange Free State.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Burgher an inhabitant of a borough: a citizen or freeman: a magistrate of certain towns: one able to take the usual burgesses' oath (see Antiburgher)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From burgh,; akin to D. burger, G. bürger, Dan. borger, Sw. borgare,. See Burgh

Usage

In literature:

Catarina' hoped to receive honorable treatment here at the hands of the burghers.
"The New Land" by Elma Ehrlich Levinger
Presently we reached the gates, thronged by pressing crowds of curious burghers.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
The Lords occupied the capital and found its burghers as zealous in the cause of reformation as themselves.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
Till now peasant and burgher had been of small account in the land.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
No burgher or alien shall be granted privileges or immunities which on the same terms shall not be granted to all burghers.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The five thousand "troublesome burghers," with their swords in their hands, and still crying "Ghent!
"Strange Stories from History for Young People" by George Cary Eggleston
But there were none of Paoli's mountaineers to aid the unwarlike burghers, as there had been in Bastia.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Taught by the bitter experience of Caen, the burghers began their preparations by devastating the buildings in St.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
He went to sleep with the determination to give up all hopes of greatness, and to become an honest burgher.
"The Oriental Story Book" by Wilhelm Hauff
Two burghers picked out a face among them, as the torches of their escorts flared.
"The Royal Pawn of Venice" by Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
The burghers would not pay taxes and the treasury was empty.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The news of this disaster hastened the surrender of the burghers of Graaf Reinet who had defied British authority.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
One burgher came into my private compartment uninvited.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
The settlement was well received by the burghers, of whom fully twenty thousand came in and gave up their arms in the course of a week or two.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
We did not even attempt to take possession of any such a burgher's horse.
"With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back" by Edward P. Lowry
It is like taking an actual peep into the inner life of a Flemish burgher of the fifteenth century.
"Line and Form (1900)" by Walter Crane
Why does a mediaeval burgher never appear till he can appear in a shirt and a halter?
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
Here and there a woman laughed at the handsome, graceless fellows; here and there a burgher managed to pull a grin, spite of the toll exacted.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
At a summons from the King's trumpeters, nobles and burghers assemble in great number before the Minster.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
But such things would not have shocked the masses of plain burgher Frenchmen at all.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
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In poetry:

Winter, Summer, Spring, and Autumn,
Down they came to peaceful Kioff,
Killed the burghers when they caught 'em,
If their lives they would not buy off.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
'So now to show bishop, and burgher, and priest,
How the Altenahr hawk can die:
If they smoke the old falcon out of his nest,
He must take to his wings and fly.'
"The Knight's Leap: A Legend of Altenar" by Charles Kingsley
Now the stern man was summon'd to the hall,
To tell his tale before the burghers all:
He gave th' account; profess'd the lad he loved,
And kept his brazen features all unmoved.
"The Borough. Letter XXII: Peter Grimes" by George Crabbe
And lo! as he spake, into street and square
Streamed Florentine burghers in grim array:
Then Charles, and Sforza, and groom Beaucaire,
Scared by the city they deemed but fair,
Shouldered their pikes, and passed away.
"How Florence Rings Her Bells" by Alfred Austin
TETTENBORN.
Knights, counsellors and burghers!
Sir Henry Schnetzen, Governor of Salza,
Comes on grave mission from His Highness Frederick,
Margrave of Meissen, Landgrave of Thuringia,
Our town's imperial Patron and Protector.
"The Dance To Death. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus
And I thought of a thundering flag unfurled
And the roar of the burghers' bell:
Beacons crackled and bolts were hurled
As you came over the top of the world;
And under your feet were chance and cheat
And the slime of the slopes of hell.
"On The Downs" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

There were seven members in attendance at the Nov.10 meeting of the Extenstionettes at the Burgher Haus restaurant.
Wrestling competition this past week offered some highlights for the Burghers .
In this meet, five other Burgher wrestlers placed.
Kees Popinga is a solid Dutch burgher whose idea of a night on the town is a game of chess at his club.
Residents Mike Katschman and Darrel King on Oct 3 at Burgher Haus Restaurant in California.
Marcia Burgher, the new California Middle School Vocal Music teacher , accompanies on the piano as a class practices a tune.
The Burgher Haus restaurant in North Syracuse, N.Y.
But in life, Modesta Avila put a scare into Orange County burghers by defying the most powerful corporation in California.
Warrensburg Field Hockey player Korynn Raymond pursues the ball during the recent game versus Corinth which resulted in the Burghers capturing the Adirondack League Championship.
This was a turnaround year for the Burghers, who endured a 0-6 record in 2011, but worked hard to earn a 6-0 record in 2012.
Sam Rockwell is sitting on the stoop of his girlfriend's tidy pastel house in Studio City, California — a wrinkled burgher with a beat-up cowboy hat and a slight paunch.
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