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 for burgess
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Burgess \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.
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     Note: "A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a
           city." --Burrill.
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     2. One who represents a borough in Parliament.
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     3. A magistrate of a borough.
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     4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for
        municipal officers.
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     Note: Before the Revolution, the representatives in the
           popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were
           called burgesses; they are now called delegates.
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     Burgess oath. See Burgher, 2.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993) [syn:
           Burgess, Anthony Burgess]
      2: a citizen of an English borough [syn: burgess, burgher]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BURGESS. A magistrate of a borough; generally, the chief officer of the 
  corporation, who performs, within the borough, the same kind of duties which 
  a mayor does in a city. In England, the word is sometimes applied to all the 
  inhabitants of a borough, who are called burgesses sometimes it  signifies 
  the representatives of a borough in parliament. 

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Burgess, MO -- U.S. town in Missouri
     Population (2000):    70
     Housing Units (2000): 33
     Land area (2000):     0.075088 sq. miles (0.194476 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.075088 sq. miles (0.194476 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            09802
     Located within:       Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
     Location:             37.555890 N, 94.615703 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Burgess, MO

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