ˈbər-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce burgh (audio)
: borough
specifically : an incorporated town in Scotland having local jurisdiction of certain services
burghal adjective

Examples of burgh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two tooled around the fictional Southern California burgh of Bay City in a red Ford Gran Torino emblazoned with a giant, Nike-esque swoosh on each side while cracking open cases with the help of their streetwise informant, Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas). Alex Williams, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2024 Cue: a half-century of romantic travails, trips down the aisle, and babies born onscreen in the mythical burgh of Genoa City. Shinan Govani, Town & Country, 22 Feb. 2023 Clearly, she was not meant to remain in the small, conservative fishing burgh of Astoria, Oregon. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2021 Lee Olson received his West Point appointment as the son of the town vet in Clara City, a tiny burgh near Willmar. Star Tribune, 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, 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, 21 Oct. 2019 According to the last census, exactly 649,481 rural communities, hamlets, and burghs sprinkle India. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, 15 May 2019 Away from Mount Hagen, a chaotic burgh wrapped in barbed wire and wood smoke, the highlands are pristine. Sean Flynn, Smithsonian, 23 Feb. 2018

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Word History


Middle English — more at borough

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 20 May. 2024.

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