borough

noun bor·ough \ ˈbər-(ˌ)ō , ˈbə-(ˌ)rō \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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 (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

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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


BOROUGH Defined for English Language Learners

borough

noun

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

noun bor·ough \ ˈbər-ō \

Definition of borough for Students

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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