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burgomaster

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n burgomaster a mayor of a municipality in Germany or Holland or Flanders or Austria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Burgomaster A chief magistrate of a municipal town in Holland, Flanders, and Germany, corresponding to mayor in England and the United States; a burghmaster.
    • Burgomaster (Zoöl) An aquatic bird, the glaucous gull (Larus glaucus), common in arctic regions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n burgomaster 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. In the monarchical states burgomasters were often named by the central government for long periods, as were the maires in France. The German governments usually retain the right to confirm or reject the elected burgomaster. Also burghermaster, burghmaster, burgmaster.
    • n burgomaster 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. It is abour 30 inches long, pure white, with a pale silvery-blue mantle and yellow bill with an orange spot. It owes the name to its tyrannical and rapacious disposition, and the way it domineers over the smaller and weaker gulls and other birds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Burgomaster the chief magistrate of a German or a Dutch borough, answering to the English term mayor
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. burgemeester,; burg, borough + meester, master; akin to G. burgemeister, bürgermeister,. See 1st Borough, and Master

Usage

In literature:

I will do my duty and remind the burgomaster of Salingen that he has not done his.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
I gave it up on the advice of the burgomaster.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
The following communications are again taken from the comprehensive autobiography of Bartholomaeus Sastrow, Burgomaster of Stralsund.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag
The worshipful burgomaster was ill of the gout.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
The burgomaster called on Frau Luise to impart the sad news considerately.
"The Romance of the Canoness" by Paul Heyse
The burgomaster, who had three grown-up daughters, invited my sister Catherine.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
What a pity you are no longer a burgomaster: you're cut out for it, Karel!
"Small Souls" by Louis Couperus
Even the Burgomaster would stop to ask him a question, and now alack!
"Hans Brinker" by Mary Mapes Dodge
The body of the burgomaster's son they took along.
"Seldwyla Folks" by Gottfried Keller
In '70 he was made Burgomaster by his fellow-townsmen.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
For each commune of 5000 inhabitants or over, a burgomaster is appointed by the communal council which is chosen by the electors of the commune.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
Shortly after, the burgomaster passed by.
"Child Life in Prose" by Various
Now as it always happens in a village, every Sunday afternoon there was a dance either at the burgomaster's, or at the tavern.
"Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls" by Anna Cogswell Tyler
Shall swagger about New Amsterdam in it and shame the burgomaster.
"The Plowshare and the Sword" by Ernest George Henham
He cannot look at any one lower than the bishop or the burgomaster!
"The Ravens and the Angels" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles
In cold blood, the Germans had shot the Burgomaster.
"A Woman's Experience in the Great War" by Louise Mack
Once upon a time there were two youths named Herman and Ludwig; and they both loved Eloise, the daughter of the old burgomaster.
"A Little Book of Profitable Tales" by Eugene Field
Helen would have time on her part to go to the burgomaster Fellner.
"The Prussian Terror" by Alexandre Dumas
I wonder if he and Fritz will be burgomasters or doctors one day.
"Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles
In 1780, in his twenty-seventh year, he became burgomaster of Zwolle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:

Outside his door, one afternoon,
This humble votary of the muse
Sat in the narrow strip of shade
By a projecting cornice made,
Mending the Burgomaster's shoes,
And singing a familiar tune:--
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Student's Tale; The Cobbler of Hagenau" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow