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BURG'ESS, noun

1. An inhabitant of a borough, or walled town; or one who possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman of a borough.

2. A representative of a borough in parliament.

3. A magistrate of certain towns.

4. Before the revolution, the representatives in the popular branch of the legislature of Virginia, were called burgesses, as the House of Burgesses. It is now called the House of Delegate.