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Meaning of BOROUGH

Pronunciation:  'burow

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  1. [n]  an English town that forms the constituency of a member of Parliament
  2. [n]  one of the administrative divisions of a large city

BOROUGH is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: administrative district, administrative division, Bronx, Brooklyn, burgh, City of Westminster, Greenwich, Manhattan, pocket borough, Queens, rotten borough, Staten Island, territorial division, The Bronx, town, townsfolk, townspeople, Westminster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    ba['u]rgs; and from the root of AS. beorgan to hide, save,
    defend, G. bergen; or perh. from that of AS. beorg hill,
    mountain. [root]95. See {Bury}, v. t., and cf. {Burrow},
    {Burg}, {Bury}, n., {Burgess}, {Iceberg}, {Borrow}, {Harbor},
    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. Erskine.
    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.
  2. \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. --Blackstone.
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