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I'd say this belongs in Wiktionary. The term looks to be the English derivative of the German burgermeister [1], and seems to be of limited scope. --Laura Scudder | Talk 06:26, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Where is this word used?[edit]

Where (which countries or in what languages) is this term used?RJFJR 04:09, September 1, 2005 (UTC)

Why, in Anglophone countries of course, as it is an English word :o). But, being derived from Dutch burgemeester ("master of the burough") it is typically used in a historical context to refer to mayors of "Dutch" (in the widest sense, including Flemish and German) towns. High German has the related der Bürgermeister. The citizens of his town are the burghers, from Dutch burgers. It's all so neat and quaint. In the 17th century the British felt a need to compensate their inferiority complex. --MWAK 15:42, 13 September 2005 (UTC)

I`d say merge with Mayor[edit]

It doesn´t have much content of its own, its meaning seems to be synonym to me by all means (and I´m a native speaker of english and german), and I find it makes interwiki links more complicated to have both the terms seperate (as in Germany for example, which do you then link to from "Bürgermeister" ?). Regards Sean Heron 07:13, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

No, a mayor is a ruler of people but a burgermeister is a ruler of burgers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:42, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

"Burgomaster" also has, etymologically, a different meaning, being derived from "burgo"=town, so "Town Master", whereas the German "Bürgermeister" means "Citizens' Master".

Merge with Mayor. A town is people (or citizens). You don't have different leaders for the town and the people of the town. They are the same thing. Every definition i can find says burgomaster means mayor. BeadleB (talk) 09:03, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Pop culture reference[edit]

In Santa Claus is Coming To Town: Bürgermeister Meisterbürger -- (talk) 01:48, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

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