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burgh

[burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh] /bɜrg; Scot. ˈbʌr oʊ, ˈbʌr ə/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) an incorporated town having its own charter and some degree of political independence from the surrounding area.
2.
Archaic. borough.
Origin of burgh
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English (Scots); see borough; cf. broch
Related forms
burghal
[bur-guh l] /ˈbɜr gəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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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

burgh

/ˈbʌrə/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) a town, esp one incorporated by charter, that enjoyed a degree of self-government until the local-government reorganization of 1975
2.
an archaic form of borough (sense 1)
Derived Forms
burghal (ˈbɜːɡəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: Scottish form of borough
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