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[boo rg; French boor] /bʊərg; French bur/
noun, plural bourgs
[boo rgz; French boor] /bʊərgz; French bur/ (Show IPA)
a town.
a French market town.
Origin of bourg
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-FrenchLate Latin burgus < Germanic; see borough


[an] /ɛ̃/
a department in E France. 2249 sq. mi. (5825 sq. km).
Capital: Bourg. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bourg
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  • Most potent of all perhaps in the ultimate result of the conference, was the presence of the French missionary bourg.

    Glimpses of the Past W. O. Raymond
  • In 1070 it was surrounded with walls and became a "bourg" (borough).

    Belgium Emile Cammaerts
  • Here, for a time, they were left in peace while the victors pillaged the rich palaces in the ancient bourg.

    The Spell of Flanders Edward Neville Vose
  • You look very much sprucer than you did the last time you were at bourg.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • The bourg and his friends scented the stratagem in turn, and promptly divided themselves likewise.

  • The day before the bourg was taken Bertulph managed to effect his escape.

    The Story of Bruges Ernest Gilliat-Smith
  • It seems to me you've spruced up mightily since the last time you came to the bourg.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • The scite of the castle is still visible near the bourg of Montfort.

  • The prisoners which Roland had made at the grotto of Ceyzeriat had remained but one night in the prison at bourg.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • I slept at Lyons, and on the morrow by ten in the morning I was at bourg.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
British Dictionary definitions for bourg


/bʊəɡ; French bur/
a French market town, esp one beside a castle
Word Origin
C15: French, from Old French borc, from Late Latin burgus castle, of Germanic origin; see borough


a Scot word for own


a variant of ayin


/French ɛ̃/
a department in E central France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Bourg. Pop: 539 006 (2003 est). Area: 5785 sq km (2256 sq miles)
a river in E France, rising in the Jura Mountains and flowing south to the Rhône. Length: 190 km (118 miles)
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