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[bur-guh-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈbɜr gəˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
the chief magistrate of a municipal town of Holland, Flanders, Germany, or Austria.
Origin of burgomaster
1585-95; < Dutch burgemeester, equivalent to burg borough + meester master, cognate with German Bürgermeister major
Related forms
burgomastership, noun Unabridged
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  • "Very well, I will send twenty-five bottles of wine and beer down to you," said the burgomaster.

    The Prussian Terror Alexandre Dumas
  • "Now we ought to see the burgomaster," said Rob, as the afternoon waned.

  • The government of the towns was carried on by a burgomaster, or mayor, a prefect, and a council of twelve citizens.

    Roumania Past and Present James Samuelson
  • She was the burgomaster's wife, and the general was nearly always with her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "In three or four months, Monsieur the burgomaster," replied Doctor Ox.

    A Winter Amid the Ice Jules Verne
  • For no burgomaster could hold office for two years in actual succession.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • I would have a lusthaus of mine own on the Middleburgh dyke, and a blumengarten like a burgomaster's.'

  • The burgomaster immediately ordered his servant to go into the village to buy some.

  • The hens shrieked as if their last hour had come, and burgomaster Nansen flew right against the Pastor's study window.

    Tales of Two Countries Alexander Kielland
  • The burgomaster wore an air of sternness and self-importance which boded no good.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for burgomaster


the chief magistrate of a town in Austria, Belgium, Germany, or the Netherlands; mayor
a popular name for the glaucous gull
Word Origin
C16: partial translation of Dutch burgemeester; see borough, master
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