(Sussex) A small mound, often used in reference to tumuli (mostly restricted to place names).
(UK) A borough or chartered town (now only used as an official subdivision in Scotland).
Other Word Forms
Origin of burgh
Scots variant of borough
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Proto-Germanic*burgz (“stronghold, city”). Cognate with Dutch burg, German Burg, Swedish borg, French bourg, Persian برج (borj, “tower; fort, battlement”).
Burgh Sentence Examples
Galashiels was created into a burgh of barony in 1599.
Hubert de Burgh was the last of the great justiciars; after his fall (1231) the justiciarship was not again committed to a great baron, and the chancellor soon took the position formerly occupied by the justiciar as second to the king in dignity, as well as in power and influence.