: town, village: such as
: one neighboring a castle
: a market town

Examples of bourg in a Sentence

the invaders captured the castle and sacked the bourg

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French burc, borghe, from Latin burgus fortified place, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German burg fortified place — more at borough

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bourg was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bourg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bourg. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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