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[boo rg; French boor]
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noun, plural bourgs [boo rgz; French boor] /bʊərgz; French bur/.
  1. a town.
  2. a French market town.
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Origin of bourg

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-FrenchLate Latin burgus < Germanic; see borough


  1. a department in E France. 2249 sq. mi. (5825 sq. km). Capital: Bourg.
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Historical Examples

  • You look very much sprucer than you did the last time you were at Bourg.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

  • In 1070 it was surrounded with walls and became a "bourg" (borough).


    Emile Cammaerts

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

    The Story of Bruges

    Ernest Gilliat-Smith

  • The scite of the castle is still visible near the bourg of Montfort.

  • 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


  1. a French market town, esp one beside a castle
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Word Origin

C15: French, from Old French borc, from Late Latin burgus castle, of Germanic origin; see borough


  1. a Scot word for own
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  1. a variant of ayin
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  1. a department in E central France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Bourg. Pop: 539 006 (2003 est). Area: 5785 sq km (2256 sq miles)
  2. 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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