American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An official in charge of funds, as at a college or university; a treasurer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A student in a college who receives an allowance from a fund for his subsistence, called a burse or bursary. The word was formerly in general use, and is still used in Scotch colleges; but in Cambridge such scholars are now called
sizars, in Oxford servitors.
- n. The purser, treasurer, or bailiff of a college or other community.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A treasurer, or cash keeper; a purser.
- n. A student to whom a stipend or bursary is paid for his complete or partial support.
- n. the treasurer at a college or university
- From Medieval Latin bursārius, from bursa ("purse") (English purse). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English burser, from Medieval Latin bursārius, from Late Latin bursa, purse; see bursa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His father was a naval commander of "flinty and adamant" Tory views who became a school bursar.”
“Friday 11 MarchWe're led through the imposing arches of Pembroke College for an interview with the bursar.”
“If I'm a headmaster or bursar and my capital budget has been frozen, the ability to replace my kit within the operating budget, which is under my control, is appealing, Payne-Shelley says.”
“Conan!" screamed the bursar, tiny eyes now open wide, fear registered for the first - and last - time.”
“No," replied Conan, bending his neck to once again face the bursar.”
“The Cimmerian extended his broad arms to hold the bursar outside the window, then simply opened his clenched fingers.”
“Remove your hands, barbarian!" squealed the bursar, struggling to free himself from the steely grasp.”
“At the end of the bunkhall, behind the chipped and battered wooden desk, sat the bursar, piggish eyes fixed on the newcomer, a smirk affixed firmly on his wide visage.”
“The bursar hated Conan, ever since the time when the Cimmerian caught him taking extra servings of victuals from the mess hall - sustenance intended for warriors, not scribblers.”
“Without the slightest shift of his gaze, the bursar said to Conan simply, "Late.”
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