[ burg ]
/ bɜrg /


Informal. a city or town.
History/Historical. a fortified town.

Origin of burg

First recorded in 1745–55; variant of burgh
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British Dictionary definitions for burg


/ (bɜːɡ) /


history a fortified town
US informal a town or city

Word Origin for burg

C18 (in the sense: fortress): from Old High German burg fortified town; see borough
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Word Origin and History for burg



"town or city," 1843, American English colloquial, from many place names ending in -burg (see borough; also cf. -ville).

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