an inhabitant of a town, especially a member of the middle class; citizen.

1560–70; < Middle Dutch < Middle High German burger, equivalent to burg borough + -er -er1

burghership, noun

burger, burgher.
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burgher (ˈbɜːɡə)
1.  a member of the trading or mercantile class of a medieval city
2.  a respectable citizen; bourgeois
3.  archaic a citizen or inhabitant of a corporate town, esp on the Continent
4.  (South African) history
 a.  a citizen of the Cape Colony or of one of the Transvaal and Free State republics
 b.  (as modifier): burgher troops
[C16: from German Bürger, or Dutch burger freeman of a borough]

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Word Origin & History

1560s, "freeman of a burgh," from M.Du. burgher, from M.H.G. burger, from O.H.G. burgari "inhabitant of a fortress," from burg "fortress, citadel" (see borough).
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Example sentences
He's then sent half a world away to defend the empire, so that the burghers at home can continue to enrich themselves.
But the outraged burghers of the town did not feel particularly blessed.
And the rents of halls were to be taxed by a joint board of four burghers and four clerks.
The burghers were obliged to keep these firearms serviceable and ready at all times.
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