Bur"gess (&?;), n. [OE. burgeis, OF.
burgeis, fr. burcfortified town, town, F. bourg
village, fr. LL. burgus fort, city; from the German; cf. MHG.
burc, G. burg. See 1st Borough, and cf. 2d
Bourgeois.] 1. An inhabitant of a borough or
walled town, or one who possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman
of a borough. Blackstone.
&fist; "A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a
2. One who represents a borough in
3. A magistrate of a borough.
4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to
vote for municipal officers.
&fist; Before the Revolution, the representatives in the popular branch
of the legislature of Virginia were called burgesses; they are now
Burgess oath. See Burgher, 2.