[burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh]


(in Scotland) an incorporated town having its own charter and some degree of political independence from the surrounding area.
Archaic. borough.

Origin of burgh

1350–1400; late Middle English (Scots); see borough; cf. broch
Related formsburgh·al [bur-guh l] /ˈbɜr gəl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for burgh

Historical Examples of burgh

  • 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.

  • Was not our city named after this Northumbrian Bretwalda, "Edwin's-burgh?"

British Dictionary definitions for burgh



(in Scotland) a town, esp one incorporated by charter, that enjoyed a degree of self-government until the local-government reorganization of 1975
an archaic form of borough (def. 1)
Derived Formsburghal (ˈbɜːɡəl), adjective

Word Origin for burgh

C14: Scottish form of borough
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