noun Etymology: perhaps from French dialect bourgeais shipowner Date: 1750 1. a swallow-tailed flag used especially by ships for signals or identification 2. the usually triangular identifying flag of a yacht club

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  • burgee — [bʉr′jē] n. [< ? burgee s flag, owner s flag < Fr dial. bourgeais, var. of OFr borjois, burgeis, master, BOURGEOIS] a swallow tailed or triangular flag or pennant used on ships for signaling or identification …   English World dictionary

  • Burgee — Bur gee, n. 1. A kind of small coat. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A swallow tailed flag; a distinguishing pennant, used by cutters, yachts, and merchant vessels. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burgee — /berr jee, berr jee /, n. a triangular flag or one having a shallow, angular indentation in the fly, forming two tails, used as an identification flag, esp. by yachts. [1840 50; perh. shortening of *burgee s flag, by reanalysis of *burgess flag,… …   Universalium

  • burgee — noun a) A broad tapering pennant, often with a swallowtail, flown by merchant ships to identify the vessel and by yachts to identify the yacht club, as well as being the form of the flag of the . (See also, ). b) A kind of small coal used in… …   Wiktionary

  • burgee — small ship s flag used for identification or signalling Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • burgee — n. small triangular flag used as an identification flag (often by yachts) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • burgee — [bə: dʒi:] noun a triangular flag flown from the mast of a yacht to indicate the owner s membership of a particular sailing club. Origin C18: perh. from Fr. bourgeois (see burgess) in the sense owner, master …   English new terms dictionary

  • burgee — bur·gee …   English syllables

  • burgee — bur•gee [[t]ˈbɜr dʒi, bɜrˈdʒi[/t]] n. naut. a small nautical flag or pennant, used for identification or as a signal • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

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