[ burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh ]
/ bɜrg; Scot. ˈbʌr oʊ, ˈbʌr ə /


(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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/ (ˈbʌrə) /


(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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