bor·​ough | \ ˈbər-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce borough (audio) , ˈbə-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of borough

1a : 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
2a : a municipal corporation proper in some states (such 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

Examples of borough in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police work along a stretch of beach at Coney Island after a mother is suspected of drowning her children in the ocean on September 12, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. C Mandler, CBS News, 14 Sep. 2022 Varvaro was raised in the New York City borough of Staten Island and drafted out of St. John's University by the Seattle Mariners in 2005. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 12 Sep. 2022 The family, which later changed its surname, settled in the New York City borough of Queens, and his father resumed his career as an insurance company executive. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2022 The district includes most of the North Shore of Long Island – from northwest Suffolk County, across northern Nassau County, and into the northeastern corner of the New York City borough of Queens. Brian Flood, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2022 The New York City Council is still hammering out the details of a bill that would delineate the boundaries of Times Square, which sprawls the Midtown region in the borough of Manhattan. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 Quontic Bank, based in the New York City borough of Queens, grew into a lender with a reputation for fostering homeownership among the city’s immigrant population. Ben Eisen, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Sophia Chang hails from the borough of Queens, New York, and in less than a decade managed to champion a name for herself in the art, design and streetwear community worldwide. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The African American and Puerto Rican owner combined a curated book selection and a wine bar to create a place of leisure and social interaction in the Bronx borough of New York City. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of borough

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Borough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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bor·​ough | \ ˈbər-ō How to pronounce borough (audio) \

Kids Definition of borough

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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