- The definition of a borough is a district or section of a larger town, or area that is self-governed, or a county in Alaska.
- An example of a borough is Queens in New York City.
- An example of a borough is Juneau in Alaska.
Queens is a borough of New York City.
borough definition by Webster's New World
- in certain states of the U.S., a self-governing, incorporated town
- the basic unit of local government in Alaska (in full ): the unincorporated area of the state, governed by the legislature, is called the
- any of the five administrative units of New York City
- in England
- a town with a municipal corporation and rights to self-government granted by royal charter
- a town that sends one or more representatives to Parliament
- Obsolete any fortified town larger than a village
Origin: Middle English burgh ; from Old English burg, burh, town, fortified place, akin to German burg ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhgh, fortified elevation ; from base an unverified form bhereĝh-, high from source barrow
borough definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A self-governing incorporated town in some U.S. states, such as New Jersey.
- One of the five administrative units of New York City.
- A civil division of the state of Alaska that is the equivalent of a county in most other U.S. states.
- Chiefly British a. A town having a municipal corporation and certain rights, such as self-government.b. A town that sends a representative to Parliament.
- A medieval group of fortified houses that formed a town having special privileges and rights.
Origin: Middle English burgh, city, from Old English burg, fortified town; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.