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 expansion includes New York City boroughs Queens and The Bronx, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Memphis, Newark, and Salt Lake City, among others. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Postmates Just Expanded to 100 More Cities," 10 July 2018 The organization helps build up areas of the New York City borough where Carolina and Cardi B grew up. Ale Russian,, "Cardi B Supported by Sister Hennessy Amid Pregnancy Backlash: 'She's Happy and She's Free'," 18 Apr. 2018 The Division posits a plausible terror: a biological attack on Manhattan that turns the New York City borough into a lawless dead zone. Mo Mozuch, Newsweek, "How to (Virtually) Survive in Post-Apocalypse Manhattan," 23 Feb. 2016 The buses will be deployed in January 2019 to each borough to provide trauma relief, as well as job and educational opportunities. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "New York City to Roll Out Buses of Peacekeepers After Violence in Communities," 5 July 2018 And so, old seats are being removed this week and new ones, being fabricated by Ducharme Seating in the Montréal borough of Saint-Leonard, will arrive shortly. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 More Obituaries James Elliot Gips was born April 3, 1946, in the New York borough of Queens and grew up in Larchmont, N.Y. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "James Gips Created Technology Allowing People to Use Their Eyes to Control Cursors," 29 June 2018 Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Erik Sherman /, NBC News, "Supreme Court online tax decision sends smaller businesses reeling," 22 June 2018 Edwardsville Pierogi Festival has been held since 2014 in Edwardsville, a borough of less than 5,000 people, according to the complaint. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Whiting's Pierogi Fest settles with East Coast event in trademark dispute," 13 July 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


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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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