Definitions

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

  • n. An official in charge of funds, as at a college or university; a treasurer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The treasurer of a university, college or school.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.
  • n. The purser, treasurer, or bailiff of a college or other community.

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

  • n. the treasurer at a college or university

Etymologies

Middle English burser, from Medieval Latin bursārius, from Late Latin bursa, purse; see bursa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin bursārius, from bursa ("purse") (English purse). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His father was a naval commander of "flinty and adamant" Tory views who became a school bursar.

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  • Friday 11 MarchWe're led through the imposing arches of Pembroke College for an interview with the bursar.

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  • 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.

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  • "Conan!" screamed the bursar, tiny eyes now open wide, fear registered for the first - and last - time.

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  • "No," replied Conan, bending his neck to once again face the bursar.

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  • The Cimmerian extended his broad arms to hold the bursar outside the window, then simply opened his clenched fingers.

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  • "Remove your hands, barbarian!" squealed the bursar, struggling to free himself from the steely grasp.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Without the slightest shift of his gaze, the bursar said to Conan simply, "Late."

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