Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The principal magistrate, comparable to a mayor, of a city or town in the Netherlands, Flanders, Austria, or Germany.

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  • n. The mayor, or head magistrate, of a town in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and certain other countries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chief magistrate of a municipal town in Holland, Flanders, and Germany, corresponding to mayor in England and the United States; a burghmaster.
  • n. An aquatic bird, the glaucous gull (Larus glaucus), common in arctic regions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A borough-master; the chief magistrate of a municipal town in the Netherlands, Germany, and other Tcutonic countries, nearly corresponding to mayor in England and the United States.
  • n. The great ice-gull or glaucous gull, Larus glaucus, of the arctic regions, one of the largest and most powerful species of the family Laridœ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mayor of a municipality in Germany or Holland or Flanders or Austria

Etymologies

Partial translation of Dutch burgemeester : burg, town (from Middle Dutch burch; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots) + meester, master.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The word burgomaster recalled whatever had happened to the mind of

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  • The story of a general shot by the son of a burgomaster was a repetition of a tragedy that had occurred at Aerschot, on the 19th, where the fifteen-year-old son of the burgomaster had been killed by a firing squad, not because he had shot a general, but because an officer had been shot, probably by

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  • At times the fair image of his home rose before his memory -- but it vanished as soon as he recalled the burgomaster's dignified figure, his own miserable weakness and the repulse he had experienced.

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  • At the tea-table there was plenty of conversation on a great variety of subjects, nor were there wanting jocose matters of discussion, such as they were; for young Mr Cheeryble's recent stay in Germany happening to be alluded to, old Mr Cheeryble informed the company that the aforesaid young Mr Cheeryble was suspected to have fallen deeply in love with the daughter of a certain German burgomaster.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • The burgomaster was a fine-looking man, pleasant-mannered and intelligent, and a lover of peace and quietness.

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  • He told me that the burgomaster was a Catholic, a worthy man, well to do, but rather thick-headed; in short, a fine subject for a joke.

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  • He wants to tear up what you laid down and pave all the streets with "burgomaster" stones, so that all may be equally comfortable.

    Lucky Pehr

  • At the tea – table there was plenty of conversation on a great variety of subjects, nor were there wanting jocose matters of discussion, such as they were; for young Mr Cheeryble’s recent stay in Germany happening to be alluded to, old Mr Cheeryble informed the company that the aforesaid young Mr Cheeryble was suspected to have fallen deeply in love with the daughter of a certain German burgomaster.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • A fox or two was occasionally seen scenting around the ships, and a fox-hunt enlivened the floe with men and officers, who chased the unlucky brute as if they had all come to Griffith's Island especially for fox-skins; and the last of the feathered tribe, in the shape of a wounded "burgomaster," shivered, half frozen, as it came for its daily food.

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  • The son of a deputy burgomaster, he appears to have received a thorough education, both general and musical.

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