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Burgess

[bur-jis] /ˈbɜr dʒɪs/
noun
1.
Anthony, 1917–93, English novelist and critic.
2.
(Frank) Gelett
[juh-let] /dʒəˈlɛt/ (Show IPA),
1866–1951, U.S. illustrator and humorist.
3.
Thornton Waldo, 1874–1965, U.S. author, especially of children's books.
4.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for a burgess

burgess

/ˈbɜːdʒɪs/
noun
1.
(in England)
  1. a citizen or freeman of a borough
  2. any inhabitant of a borough
2.
(English history) a Member of Parliament from a borough, corporate town, or university
3.
a member of the colonial assembly of Maryland or Virginia
Word Origin
C13: from Old French burgeis, from borc town, from Late Latin burgus, of Germanic origin; see borough

Burgess

/ˈbɜːdʒɪs/
noun
1.
Anthony, real name John Burgess Wilson. 1917–93, English novelist and critic: his novels include A Clockwork Orange (1962), Tremor of Intent (1966), Earthly Powers (1980), and Any Old Iron (1989)
2.
Guy. 1911–63, British spy, who fled to the Soviet Union (with Donald Maclean) in 1951
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Word Origin and History for a burgess
burgess
c.1200, burgeis "citizen of a borough," from O.Fr. borjois, L.L. burgensis (see bourgeois). Applied from late 15c. to borough representatives in Parliament and in Virginia and other colonies used to denote members of the legislative body, while in Pennsylvania, etc., it meant "member of the governing council of a borough."
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