• From Middle English burger, burgher, burghere, equivalent to burgh + -er. Likely merged with and reinforced by Middle Dutch burgher (Modern Dutch: burger); from Middle High German burger (Modern German: Bürger); from Old High German burgāri; derivative of burg, from Proto-Germanic *burgz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ-. Compare also Old English burgwaras and Serbo-Croatian purger. More at borough.

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