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 Borough officials voted to close the Dormont Pool on Mondays, reducing costs to allow lifeguards’ hourly pay to go to $15 from $9.25, said Bethany Bachman, the borough’s communications coordinator. Kris Maher, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Dating back to the 15th century when artists and authors flocked here in high numbers, this bohemian borough is now a happening scene. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 This is even wider than her 13-point advantage over Adams borough-wide in first round preferences. Harry Enten, CNN, 3 July 2021 The Bronx has long been known as el condado de la salsa — the salsa borough. Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed, 1 July 2021 The borough has intervened in the court battle on the side of the federal government. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2021 The ridge trail rises around 5,300 feet, and from there, hikers can try for the summit, according to the borough's website. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 17 June 2021 If Farhadian Weinstein wins the Democratic primary, she is virtually guaranteed to win the general election later in the year since Democrats dominate the borough. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 16 June 2021 For those who had always hoped to secure a foothold in the priciest borough, the past year presented a rare opportunity: Apartments in prime Manhattan neighborhoods were, in some cases, cheaper than comparable spaces in Brooklyn or Queens. New York Times, 11 June 2021

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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 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of borough

: a village, town, or part of a large city that has its own government
: one of the five main sections of New York City


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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