bor·​ough | \ˈbər-(ˌ)ō, 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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The opportunity to cover ground in every single borough and be constantly surrounded by a roar—whether crowds cheering or the foot strikes of runners nearby—turned New York City into something magical that day. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 Watson lived in the borough’s East New York neighborhood until her parents moved the family to Long Island. Alison Edmond, Glamour, "Beth Pearson Isn't Going Anywhere—and Neither Is Susan Kelechi Watson," 9 Oct. 2018 Davidson confirmed Piggy Smallz does live in the city, although pigs are technically banned in the boroughs for health reasons. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Are Pigs the New It Pet? Ariana Grande and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele Say Yes," 28 Sep. 2018 This borough is filled with high end shops, expensive luxury homes and some of the wealthiest residents in the country. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Tally of provisional ballots to determine fate of Galveston City Council election," 8 May 2018 Her father, who was born in the borough and became an architect, died of lung cancer at 48. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives are Defining the Midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 There's certainly a Brooklyn vibe in @BlueBloods_CBS, which makes sense considering the show's stages and offices are all in the borough. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Where Is 'Blue Bloods' Actually Filmed?," 24 Aug. 2018 An assistant men's basketball coach at Wake Forest University has been arrested and charged with assault in connection with a deadly attack on a tourist in the New York City borough of Queens, police said Thursday. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assault in deadly NYC attack," 9 Aug. 2018 According to News 12 The Bronx, Vlana Roberts was shot during a fight in the West Farms neighborhood of the New York City borough. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "17-Year-Old Vlana Roberts Was Shot and Killed During a Bronx Street Fight," 4 June 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 \

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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