Definition of House of Burgesses in US English:

House of Burgesses


  • The lower house of the colonial Virginia legislature.

    • ‘Patrick Henry won a seat to Virginia's House of Burgesses in 1765, the same year that Britain levied the Stamp Tax on her colonies.’
    • ‘From 1759 to the outbreak of the American Revolution, Washington managed his lands around Mount Vernon and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.’
    • ‘A greater reverence was held for George Washington, who had many ties to Alexandria and represented it in the Virginia House of Burgesses before the Revolution.’
    • ‘Not until 1631 did the House of Burgesses create marriage licenses.’
    • ‘Its House of Assembly, which began meeting in 1639, is the third-oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere, preceded only by Bermuda's legislature and the Virginia House of Burgesses.’