Definition of burgher in US English:



archaic, humorous
  • A citizen of a town or city, typically a member of the wealthy bourgeoisie.

    • ‘Holland was from the mid-1600s a Republic, so the wealthy merchants, burghers, and businessmen became the defacto rulers of the town and country - much as it is in the U.S. today.’
    • ‘These works were initially commissioned by members of the church, noblemen, and wealthy burghers.’
    • ‘I'd feel better, though, if the city's burghers had shown some concern about the defacing and trashing that define this city every day.’
    • ‘The painter does, however, bring men into the scene, and visitors from every walk of life - wealthy families, burghers, clergymen, farmers.’
    • ‘It had a lively artistic community and its wealthy burghers, together with the Church and the court at Brussels, provided patrons.’
    resident, occupant, occupier, dweller, settler
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Middle English: from burgh, reinforced by Dutch burger, from burg ‘castle’ (see borough).