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

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Some dancers are champions showing off award-winning routines, but most of them come in from local dance schools in the five boroughs and surrounding states. New York Times, "Watch These Captivating Salsa Dancers, and Try Not to Break a Sweat," 14 June 2018 The Bronx is the northernmost borough of New York City and is majority-minority: more than half Hispanic and more than 40 percent black. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Deep in Clinton country, voters stand by their candidate," 26 Jan. 2018 Nothing about this outer-borough extravaganza was understated. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and Jennifer Connelly Pulled an All-Nighter at the Louis Vuitton Cruise After-Party," 9 May 2019 Bethenny's design talents are also expanding beyond Manhattan's five boroughs. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Real Housewives Star Bethenny Frankel Reveals Her Secret Side Hustle on Instagram," 4 Apr. 2019 Apart from their beloved borough, their heritages — Desus is Jamaican, Mero is Dominican — are often, and proudly, referenced in their work. Jessi Roti,, "From 'Bodega Boys' to Viceland, Desus & Mero owe it all to Bronx-bred authenticity, and Twitter," 7 June 2018 Her work was credited with helping students feel welcome and safe in a borough with high murder rates. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Kenyan who gave earnings to poor wins $1M teacher prize," 25 Mar. 2019 Assigned primary care physicians, who could be a nexus for care, aren’t always effective because doctors might be in a different borough and totally unknown to a patient. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York City Tries to Link Nexus of Doctors Serving the Homeless," 26 Jan. 2019 In September 2017, two tornadoes hit Queens and Brooklyn, both outer boroughs in New York City, just minutes apart, shocking residents including one whose roof was torn off, according to the New York Daily News. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Three tornadoes hit NY amid powerful Northeast storms on Tuesday, NWS says," 16 May 2018

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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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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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