Dictionary.com Unabridged

Burger

[bur-ger]
noun
Warren Earl, 1907–1995, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1969–86.

-burger

a combining form extracted from hamburger, occurring in compounds the initial element of which denotes a special garnish for a hamburger or a substitute ingredient for the meat patty: baconburger; cheeseburger; fishburger.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To burger
Collins
World English Dictionary
burger (ˈbɜːɡə)
 
n
informal
 a.  short for hamburger
 b.  (in combination): a cheeseburger

Bürger (German ˈbyrɡər)
 
n
Gottfried August (ˈɡɔtfriːt ˈauɡʊst). 1747--94, German lyric poet, noted particularly for his ballad Lenore (1773)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

burger
1939, Amer.Eng., shortened from hamburger (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

burger

ground beef. The term is applied variously to (1) a patty of ground beef, sometimes called hamburg steak, Salisbury steak, or Vienna steak, (2) a sandwich consisting of a patty of beef served within a split bread roll, with various garnishes, or (3) the ground beef itself, which is used as a base in many sauces, casseroles, terrines, and the like. The origin of hamburger is unknown, but the hamburger patty and sandwich were probably brought by 19th-century German immigrants to the United States, where in a matter of decades the hamburger came to be considered an archetypal American food. The importance of the hamburger in American popular culture is indicated by its virtual ubiquity at backyard barbecues and on fast-food restaurant menus and by the proliferation of so-called hamburger stands and restaurants. Some chains, such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's, proliferated worldwide.

Learn more about burger with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The dream of moving freely has become the freedom of going from one burger to
  the other.
While you're eating your burger, your car battery is recharging.
Tracing her burger shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble.
The burger joint, complete with a drive-through window, will be jointly owned
  by the church and one of its members.
Image for burger
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature