borough

noun
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 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, Philly.com, "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 New Yorkers get to see the Manhattan borough in a new light during sunset just four times per year. Renae Reints, Fortune, "This Is Your Last Chance to Experience Manhattanhenge in 2018," 12 July 2018 Amazingly, or perhaps intentionally, the unidentified female victim was unharmed in the shooting, which took place on the morning of May 14 in the city’s Brent borough. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Police searching for gunman who shot at driver 3 times while she sat in traffic," 10 July 2018 The Matanuska-Susitna Borough and both the city and borough of Fairbanks, have implemented a 5 percent cannabis sales tax. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana tax increase fails at Anchorage assembly," 29 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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The first known use of borough was before the 12th century

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borough

noun

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

borough

noun
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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