Borough Definition

bûrō
boroughs
noun
In certain states of the U.S., a self-governing, incorporated town.
Webster's New World
The basic unit of local government in Alaska.
Webster's New World
A part of a city, having authority over certain local matters, as any of the five administrative units of New York City.
Webster's New World
A civil division of the state of Alaska that is the equivalent of a county in most other US states.
American Heritage
In England.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

The area, properly called Southwark, just south of London Bridge.

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suffix

Placename suffix, indicated site of a fortified place.

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Placename suffix, indicating a borough.
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Other Word Forms of Borough

Noun

Singular:
borough
Plural:
boroughs

Origin of Borough

  • From Old English burh, from Proto-Germanic *burgz (“stronghold, city”). Cognate with Dutch burg, German Burg, Swedish borg, French bourg, Persian bur.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English burgh city from Old English burg fortified town bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From borough, from Old English burh (“fortified place”)

    From Wiktionary

  • See borough

    From Wiktionary

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