Definition of Borough

1. Noun. One of the administrative divisions of a large city.

2. Noun. An English town that forms the constituency of a member of parliament.
Generic synonyms: Town, Townsfolk, Townspeople
Specialized synonyms: Burgh, Pocket Borough, Rotten Borough

Definition of Borough

1. n. In England, an incorporated town that is not a city; also, a town that sends members to parliament; in Scotland, a body corporate, consisting of the inhabitants of a certain district, erected by the sovereign, with a certain jurisdiction; in America, an incorporated town or village, as in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

2. n. An association of men who gave pledges or sureties to the king for the good behavior of each other.

Definition of Borough

1. Proper noun. The area, properly called Southwark, just south of London Bridge. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A fortified town ¹

3. Noun. (rare) A town or city. ¹

4. Noun. A town having a municipal corporation and certain traditional rights. ¹

5. Noun. An administrative district in some cities, e.g., London. ¹

6. Noun. An administrative unit of a city which, under most circumstances according to state or national law, would be considered a larger or more powerful entity; most commonly used in American English to define the five counties that make up New York City. ¹

7. Noun. Other similar administrative units in cities and states in various parts of the world. ¹

8. Noun. A district in Alaska having powers similar to a county. ¹

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Definition of Borough

1. an incorporated town [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Borough

boronic acid
boronic acids
borough (current term)
borough English
borough seat

Literary usage of Borough

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A survey of London by John Stow (1842)
"Now, having touched divers principal pails of this borough, ... This borough, upon petition made by the citizens of London to Edward I., in the let year of ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"borough, in which the tenements are held by a rent certain. ... A borough, as we have formerly seen, is usually distinguished from other towns by the right ..."

3. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"borough and his party, leaving Edwards, the chief agent, ... In November 1687 borough addressed a letter to the governors of the Muscovy Company upon their ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by John Leycester Adolphus, Great Britain Court of King's Bench (1836)
"There were borough quarter sessions, at which misdemeanors were tried, ... There was a borough gaol, supported by the borough, in which prisoners were ..."

5. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer (1872)
"Ill, to exercise the jurisdiction of justices nf thf jK-'oce in and for the borough, as fully as by law they may do in and for the county ; but by 12 & 13 ..."

6. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1886)
"borough Surveyor, Great Grimsby. Late Surveyor to the Urban Sanitary Authority, ... borough Surveyor, Bury, Lancashire. Surveyor to the Rural Sanitary ..."

7. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The governing body in a borough is the council elected by the burgesses. are ... Л borough councillor must be qualified in the same manner as a county ..."

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