- An administrative district in some cities, e.g., London and New York.
- A town having a municipal corporation and certain traditional rights.
- Other similar administrative units in cities and states in various parts of the world.
- The area, properly called Southwark, just south of London Bridge.
- mountain (cf. German Berg)
- fort (cf. burg)
- castle (cf. burg)
- city (cf. Edinburgh, Strasbourg, Nuremberg, St. Petersburg, Pittsburgh, etc.)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bor"ough (&?;), n. [OE. burgh,
burw, boru, port, town, burrow, AS. burh, burg;
akin to Icel., Sw., & Dan. borg, OS. & D. burg, OHG. puruc,
purc, MHG. burc, G. burg, Goth. baúrgs; and
from the root of AS. beorgan to hide, save, defend, G.
bergen; or perh. from that of AS. beorg hill, mountain.
√95. See Bury, v. t., and cf. Burrow,
Burg, Bury, n., Burgess,
Iceberg, Borrow, Harbor, Hauberk.]
1. In England, an incorporated town that is not a
city; also, a town that sends members to parliament; in Scotland, a body
corporate, consisting of the inhabitants of a certain district, erected by
the sovereign, with a certain jurisdiction; in America, an incorporated
town or village, as in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Burrill.
2. The collective body of citizens or inhabitants
of a borough; as, the borough voted to lay a tax.
Close borough, or Pocket borough,
a borough having the right of sending a member to Parliament, whose
nomination is in the hands of a single person. -- Rotten
borough, a name given to any borough which, at the time of
the passage of the Reform Bill of 1832, contained but few voters, yet
retained the privilege of sending a member to Parliament.
Bor"ough, n. [See Borrow.] (O. Eng.
Law) (a) An association of men who gave pledges or
sureties to the king for the good behavior of each other.
(b) The pledge or surety thus given.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Borough, in Scotland Burgh, is in its modern sense primarily a
town that sends a representative to Parliament; but it is further an area
of local government, exercising police, sanitary, and sometimes
educational, supervision, and deriving its income from rates levied on
property within its bounds, and in Scotland sometimes from "common good"
and petty customs. Its charter may be held from the Crown or granted by
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