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[skahr-bur-oh, -buhr-oh, -ber-uh]
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  1. a seaport in North Yorkshire, in NE England.
  2. a city in SW Maine.
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  • And what could be done—they could not drag Scarborough Bay for your body.

    In the Days of Drake

    J. S. Fletcher

  • The Baltic convoy was protected by the Serapis and the Scarborough.

  • One is a calm on the shore at Scarborough; the other the wreck of an Indiaman.

  • I once said to Scarborough: "Politics is the science and art of fooling the people."

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

  • As long as Scarborough is in control on the other side, we are their only hope.

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for scarborough


  1. a fishing port and resort in NE England, in North Yorkshire on the North Sea: developed as a spa after 1660; ruined 12th-century castle. Pop: 38 364 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for scarborough


place in Yorkshire, earlier Scarðabork, etc., apparently a viking name, from Old Norse and meaning "fortified place of a man called Skarthi," identified in old chronicles as Thorgils Skarthi, literally "Thorgils Harelip," from Old Norse skartð "notch, hack (in the edge of a thing); mountain pass." It has been noted that a literal reading of the name as "gap-hill" suits the location. Scarborough warning "short notice or none" is from 1540s.

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