- an urban community incorporated by royal charter, similar to an incorporated city or municipality in the U.S.
- a town, area, or constituency represented by a Member of Parliament.
- (formerly) a fortified town organized as and having some of the powers of an independent country.
Origin of borough
Examples from the Web for borough
Guy Molinari, a former Staten Island borough president, pushed back against that view.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm?|David Freedlander|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The borough officially became the least affordable place to live in America.
Take, for example, the borough of the Bronx in New York City.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty|Joel Kotkin|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The disadvantage for the borough is its location in a big blue state.DINO Hunters Are Dreaming Hipster Dreams of the DNC in Brooklyn|David Freedlander|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Blakeman, who has made over 30 national TV appearances, considered running for Brooklyn borough president in 2013.
Yet the name of “merchant” and “tradesman” not unfrequently occurs in the descriptions of borough p. 82voters.Recollections of Old Liverpool|A Nonagenarian
All relate to Corporation accounts and to the financial affairs of the borough.In the Mayor's Parlour|J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
The manufactures, carried on in the neighbourhood, out of the borough, employ many hundred people.Pittsburgh in 1816|Various
In 1832, he reached the acme of his ambition, by being returned to the first reformed Parliament for the borough of Oldham.Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland|Henry B. Stanton
Coke then in his 70th year, was elected for the borough of Liskeard.
British Dictionary definitions for borough
Word Origin for borough
Word Origin and History for borough
Old English burg, burh "a dwelling or dwellings within a fortified enclosure," from Proto-Germanic *burgs "hill fort, fortress" (cf. Old Frisian burg "castle," Old Norse borg "wall, castle," Old High German burg, buruc "fortified place, citadel," German Burg "castle," Gothic baurgs "city"), from PIE *bhrgh "high," with derivatives referring to hills, hill forts, fortified elevations (cf. Old English beorg "hill," Welsh bera "stack, pyramid," Sanskrit bhrant-, Avestan brzant- "high," Greek Pergamos, name of the citadel of Troy).
In German and Old Norse, chiefly as "fortress, castle;" in Gothic, "town, civic community." Meaning shifted in Middle English from "fortress," to "fortified town," to simply "town" (especially one possessing municipal organization or sending representatives to Parliament). In U.S. (originally Pennsylvania, 1718) often an incorporated town; in Alaska, however, it is the equivalent of a county. The Scottish form is burgh. The Old English dative singular byrig survives in many place names as -bury.