borough

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noun bor·ough \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō, ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of borough

  1. 1a :  a medieval fortified group of houses forming a town with special duties and privilegesb :  a town or urban constituency in Great Britain that sends a member to Parliamentc :  an urban area in Great Britain incorporated for purposes of self-government

  2. 2a :  a municipal corporation proper in some states (as New Jersey and Minnesota) corresponding to the incorporated town or village of the other statesb :  one of the five constituent political divisions of New York City

  3. 3 :  a civil division of the state of Alaska corresponding to a county in most other states

Origin and Etymology 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


BOROUGH Defined for English Language Learners

borough

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noun bor·ough \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō, ˈbə-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of borough for English Language Learners

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

  • : one of the five main sections of New York City


BOROUGH Defined for Kids

borough

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noun bor·ough \ˈbər-ō\

Definition of borough for Students

  1. 1 :  a town, village, or part of a large city that has its own government

  2. 2 :  one of the five political divisions of New York City



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