: an ancient or medieval fortress or walled town
[German Burg] : city, town

Examples of burg in a Sentence

moved from a small town into a much bigger burg
Recent Examples on the Web Walk the hilly streets enjoying art, music, food and the delicious late summer twilight that settles over this mile-high burg. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 15 Aug. 2023 Bear Paw Festival Happening through Sunday in Chugiak and Eagle River Nearly every burg in Alaska has established its own festival — from Girdwood’s Forest Fair to Bearfest in Wrangell. Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2023 Their plan is to turn the small New Mexico burg of Los Alamos into a self-sufficient, family-friendly town for a group of scientists and a top-secret think tank for a weapon of mass destruction. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 19 July 2023 Add the newfound 100-degree heat and many longtime Seattle residents are wary that their home is becoming like a Southwestern boomtown, not the sleepy little burg that eschewed the Olympics, threatened to tax its cash cow Amazon, and introduced the $15 minimum wage movement to the nation. Will Jeakle, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The very idea of a gun shop in what may be Arkansas' most progressive burg has some people up in arms. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 4 June 2023 Electrify America added stations in Williams, Needles, Fenner, and Hesperia for good measure, even though those burgs escaped the notice of songwriter Bobby Troup. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 13 May 2023 The cigarette smoke, in this little burg? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Aug. 2022 Resurrected 25 months later, Minutes bows this week at Studio 54 in Manhattan with a freshened cast that includes several beloved theater stalwarts and Letts himself as the avuncular mayor of a modest burg called Big Cherry. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Old English — more at borough

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burg was in 1753

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“Burg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burg. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a fortress or walled town in the Middle Ages
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