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[bur-jee, bur-jee] /ˈbɜr dʒi, bɜrˈdʒi/
a triangular flag or one having a shallow, angular indentation in the fly, forming two tails, used as an identification flag, especially by yachts.
Origin of burgee
1840-50; perhaps shortening of *burgee's flag, by reanalysis of *burgess flag, burgess translating French bourgeois in sense “owner” (of a ship) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I could see Jean now helping haul down our burgee, and the deck boy, Willy, in his hurried work about the boat.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • The burgee of the other Club we have named has undergone many changes.

    The Flags of the World F. Edward Hulme
  • He knows that we are an English yacht, for there are our ensign and burgee to bear witness to the fact.

    The Cruise of the Thetis Harry Collingwood
  • And the burgee––the letters on the burgee––my cousin Alice worked them.

    The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • "You don't have to hold him," called Captain burgee, dismounting from Loopy the mate.

    Sugar Plum Reginald Bretnor
  • This should really be burgee, but then it wouldn't rhyme, and a Poet may drop a syllable, if he or she mayn't drop an H!

  • That is yachting fashion, you know, Master Horace, to run the burgee up when the owner comes on board.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • At the bow flew a burgee or small swallow-tailed flag of blue upon which was the word Deerfoot in gold.

  • The race was under the Royal London burgee, and was sailed in gloomy weather and a smart (p. 355) north-east breeze.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • burgee's long, low house was indecently plain, without even so much as a gimcrack or bit of gingerbread decoration.

    Sugar Plum Reginald Bretnor
British Dictionary definitions for burgee


(nautical) a triangular or swallow-tailed flag flown from the mast of a merchant ship for identification and from the mast of a yacht to indicate its owner's membership of a particular yacht club
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from French (Jersey dialect) bourgeais shipowner, from Old French borgeis; see bourgeois1, burgess
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