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burgh

[burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh]
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noun
  1. (in Scotland) an incorporated town having its own charter and some degree of political independence from the surrounding area.
  2. Archaic. borough.
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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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Related Words for burghal

downtown, civil, metropolitan, civic, borough, city, community, corporate, domestic, home, incorporated, internal, local, native, public, town, urban, burghal, central, municipal

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Historical Examples of burghal

  • Gainsborough, though not a chartered borough, was probably one by prescription, for mention is made of burghal tenure in 1280.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4

    Various

  • In Gloucestershire is Gloucester, but Winchcombe also asserts its burghal rank.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • But we must keep these ancient boroughs well apart from any royal manors which the king has newly raised to burghal rank.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • There has come down to us in a sadly degenerate form a document which we shall hereafter call The Burghal Hidage.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • Markets are being held and market-tolls are being taken in many vills which are not of burghal rank.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland


British Dictionary definitions for burghal

burgh

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

Word Origin for burgh

C14: Scottish form of borough
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