burgh

noun
\ ˈbər-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce burgh (audio) , ˈbə-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of burgh

: borough specifically : an incorporated town in Scotland having local jurisdiction of certain services

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Other Words from burgh

burghal \ ˈbər-​gəl How to pronounce burgh (audio) \ adjective

Examples of burgh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lee Olson received his West Point appointment as the son of the town vet in Clara City, a tiny burgh near Willmar. Star Tribune, "Amy Olson was close to 'The General' Lee Olson, a champion of a father-in-law," 15 Dec. 2020 Available on: Pop TV, Netflix Tuesday is the end of the line for the beloved Canadian comedy, a fish-out-of-water tale about a formerly wealthy family stuck in the titular out-of-the-way burgh. Los Angeles Times, "Watching more TV than ever? Here are 5 shows worth your time this week," 6 Apr. 2020 Chicago’s street grid system is easy to navigate, and though locals will complain about it, the trusty L train connects you to each of the city’s tiny burghs. Joseph Hernandez, Condé Nast Traveler, "Reader's Choice Awards: Why We Love Chicago, the Best Large City in America," 21 Oct. 2019 According to the last census, exactly 649,481 rural communities, hamlets, and burghs sprinkle India. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019 Away from Mount Hagen, a chaotic burgh wrapped in barbed wire and wood smoke, the highlands are pristine. Sean Flynn, Smithsonian, "The Reckoning," 23 Feb. 2018 For two solid weeks every January, the world's eyes are not on Sydney but on a Down Under burgh that's nearly 500 miles from Sydney. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Wallaby in the city! Wild animal hops through Sydney, snarling morning commute," 15 Jan. 2018 According to the last census, exactly 649,481 rural communities, hamlets, and burghs sprinkle India. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019 Away from Mount Hagen, a chaotic burgh wrapped in barbed wire and wood smoke, the highlands are pristine. Sean Flynn, Smithsonian, "The Reckoning," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of burgh

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burgh

Middle English — more at borough

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The first known use of burgh was in the 12th century

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“Burgh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgh. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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