from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tenure in England and Scotland under which property of the king or a lord in a town was held in return for a yearly rent or the rendering of a service.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a medieval tenure in socage under which property in England and Scotland was held under the king or a lord of a town, and was maintained for a yearly rent or for rendering an inferior service (not knight's service) such as watching and warding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tenure by which houses or lands are held of the king or other lord of a borough or city; at a certain yearly rent, or by services relating to trade or handicraft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: In England, a tenure in socage, whereby burgesses, citizens, or townsmen hold their lands or tenements of the king or other lord for a certain yearly rent.
- n. In Scotland, that tenure by which the property in royal burghs is held under the crown, proprietors being liable to the (nominal) service of watching and warding; or, as it is commonly termed, “service of burgh, used and wont.” The property so held.
- n. A plate having perforations which serve as standards for the diameters of drills, etc.
Middle English, from Old French bourgage, from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town, of Germanic origin; see burgess.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)