- An inhabitant of a borough or walled town, or one who possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman of a borough.
- One who represents a borough in Parliament.
- A magistrate of a borough.
- An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for municipal officers.
Note: ☞ “A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a city.”
Note: ☞ Before the Revolution, the representatives in the popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were called burgesses; they are now called delegates.
Etymology: OE. burgeis, OF. burgeis, fr. burcfortified town, town, F. bourg village, fr. LL. burgus fort, city; from the German; cf. MHG. burc, G. burg. See 1st Borough, and cf. 2d Bourgeois