- 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.
- 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 of boroughMiddle 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
- A self-governing incorporated town in some US 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 US 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 of boroughMiddle English burgh, city, from Old English burg, fortified town; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (rare) A town or city.
- A town having a municipal corporation and certain traditional rights.
- An administrative district in some cities, e.g., London.
- An administrative unit of a city which, under most circumstances according to state or national law, would be considered a larger or more powerful entity; most commonly used in American English to define the five counties that make up New York City.
- Other similar administrative units in cities and states in various parts of the world.
- A district in Alaska having powers similar to a county.
- (historical, UK, law) An association of men who gave pledges or sureties to the king for the good behaviour of each other.
- (historical, UK, law) The pledge or surety thus given.
- Placename suffix, indicated site of a fortified place.
- Placename suffix, indicating a borough.
From borough, from Old English burh (“fortified place”)