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

Examples of borough in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ginsburg, who died last September at the age of 87, was born in Brooklyn on March 15, 1933, and raised in the borough. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg statue unveiled in Brooklyn to mark her birthday, Women's History Month," 12 Mar. 2021 The apartment tower, now the tallest building in the borough, was Extell’s first in Brooklyn. Andrew Rice, Curbed, "The Gut Renovation of Ryan Serhant," 18 Feb. 2021 The educator, who lives in the Bronx borough of New York City, says such scenes are upsetting after the loss of her grandmother to Covid-19. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Some TV shows are telling stories about the pandemic. Some viewers wish they wouldn't," 23 Feb. 2021 Focusing largely on the borough of Queens and its enormous range of nationalities, Mr. Ruiz wrote often about Latinos. New York Times, "Albor Ruiz, a Journalistic Voice for Latinos, Is Dead at 80," 14 Feb. 2021 The broadcaster was born in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City on Nov. 19, 1933, the son of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and what is now Ukraine. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Larry King, broadcasting legend, dies at age 87," 23 Jan. 2021 Harvey Phillip Spector, in his mid-60s when he was charged with murder, had been born on Dec. 26, 1939, in New York City's borough of the Bronx. CBS News, "Famed music producer Phil Spector, who was convicted of murder, has died at 81," 17 Jan. 2021 Fittingly, Hampton Court Palace, located in the London borough of Richmond, was shot as the exterior of Bridgerton's queen's residence. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Here's How Much the Dreamy Homes in "Bridgerton" Would Cost If They Were on the Market Today," 12 Jan. 2021 Sicknick was the youngest of three boys growing up in South River, a small borough of about 16,000 people in central New Jersey, 20 miles from Staten Island. Mike Catalini And Nomaan Merchant, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Brian did his job’: Family remembers fallen Capitol officer," 9 Jan. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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