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[burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh] /bɜrg; Scot. ˈbʌr oʊ, ˈbʌr ə/
(in Scotland) an incorporated town having its own charter and some degree of political independence from the surrounding area.
Archaic. borough.
Origin of burgh
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English (Scots); see borough; cf. broch
Related forms
[bur-guh l] /ˈbɜr gəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for burgh
Historical Examples
  • The burgh settled to its Lowlandishness with something of a grudge.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Mrs. burgh lent her the necessary sum of money for the journey.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Baron-bailie, a kind of magistrate, the baron's deputy in a burgh of barony.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • Canterbury is the burgh, borough, or fortified place of the men of Kent.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • Was not our city named after this Northumbrian Bretwalda, "Edwin's-burgh?"

  • She had no desire to have the burgh police coming about and interfering with her business.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • "There's eneugh," a burgh policeman said when the money was counted.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • About the burgh court, for all its stately setting, there was little formality.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • He gave to each shire and burgh long thought and minute commands.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • Both the county and burgh electorates were entirely transformed.

British Dictionary definitions for burgh


(in Scotland) a town, esp one incorporated by charter, that enjoyed a degree of self-government until the local-government reorganization of 1975
an archaic form of borough (sense 1)
Derived Forms
burghal (ˈbɜːɡəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: Scottish form of borough
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