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[bur-gij] /ˈbɜr gɪdʒ/
noun, Law.
(in England) a tenure whereby burgesses or townspeople held lands or tenements of the king or other lord, usually for a fixed money rent.
(in Scotland) tenure directly from the crown of property in royal burghs in return for the service of watching and warding.
Origin of burgage
1250-1300; Middle English borgage < Anglo-French borgage, burgage or Anglo-Latin burgāgium; see burgh, -age
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nonburgage, noun Unabridged
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noun (history)
(in England) tenure of land or tenement in a town or city, which originally involved a fixed money rent
(in Scotland) the tenure of land direct from the crown in Scottish royal burghs in return for watching and warding
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from burgus, from Old English burg; see borough
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