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borough

noun bor·ough \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō, ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\

: a village, town, or part of a large city that has its own government

: one of the five main sections of New York City

Full Definition of BOROUGH

1
a :  a medieval fortified group of houses forming a town with special duties and privileges
b :  a town or urban constituency in Great Britain that sends a member to Parliament
c :  an urban area in Great Britain incorporated for purposes of self-government
2
a :  a municipal corporation proper in some states (as New Jersey and Minnesota) corresponding to the incorporated town or village of the other states
b :  one of the five constituent political divisions of New York City
3
:  a civil division of the state of Alaska corresponding to a county in most other states

Origin of BOROUGH

Middle English burgh, from Old English burg fortified town; akin to Old High German burg fortified place, and probably to Old English beorg hill — more at barrow
First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with BOROUGH

BOROUGH Defined for Kids

borough

noun bor·ough \ˈbər-ō\

Definition of BOROUGH for Kids

1
:  a town, village, or part of a large city that has its own government
2
:  one of the five political divisions of New York City
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