from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small distinguishing flag displayed by a yacht.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A broad tapering pennant, often with a swallowtail, flown by merchant ships to identify the vessel and by yachts to identify the yacht club, as well as being the form of the flag of the State of Ohio. (See also, Flag of Ohio).
- n. A kind of small coal used in furnaces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of small coat.
- n. A swallow-tailed flag; a distinguishing pennant, used by cutters, yachts, and merchant vessels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a swallow-tailed flag or pendant: in the merchant service it generally has the ship's name upon it.
- n. A kind of small coal used for burning in engine-furnaces.
Perhaps from French dialectal bourgeais, shipowner, from Old French burgeis, citizen, from bourg, bourg; see bourg.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)