Definition of burgess-ship in English:

burgess-ship

noun

  • 1The state or fact of being a burgess (of a town, borough, etc.); the status and privileges of a burgess; the freedom of a borough, citizenship.

  • 2British. The position of member of parliament for a borough. Now rare.

Origin

Late Middle English. From burgess + -ship. Compare earlier burgessy.

Pronunciation

burgess-ship

/ˈbəːdʒɪsʃɪp/