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[burg] /bɜrg/
Informal. a city or town.
History/Historical. a fortified town.
Origin of burg
1745-55; variant of burgh Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Marienburg (Mary's burg), with its grand stone Schloss still visible and even habitable: this was at length their headquarter.

  • Their daughter was Hungerd, who was brought up at Thorstein's at burg.

  • And the sheriffs and constables and all that held castles in town or burg came out and promised to be faithful to him.

  • Left the 'burg afoot the day after; got to Faraway in the evening.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Then was all the burg aghast; and the host, the father of the knight who lay dead upon the bier, felt his heart die within him.

    The Romance of Morien Jessie L. Weston
  • She had been betrothed to a soldier whose regiment was stationed in the burg.

  • No sound was to be heard within or without the burg but the sounds of the winds.

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
British Dictionary definitions for burg


(history) a fortified town
(US, informal) a town or city
Word Origin
C18 (in the sense: fortress): from Old High German burg fortified town; see borough
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for burg



A city; town; village •Usu expresses contempt: stuck two days in this ghastly burg (1840s+ Theater)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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