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burgh

[burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh] /bɜrg; Scot. ˈbʌr oʊ, ˈbʌr ə/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) an incorporated town having its own charter and some degree of political independence from the surrounding area.
2.
Archaic. borough.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English (Scots); see borough; cf. broch
Related forms
burghal
[bur-guh l] /ˈbɜr gəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for burgh
  • De burgh came from a minor gentry family about which little is known.
  • In this position de burgh acquired a number of enemies and rivals.
  • Recognition of burgh status today, however, has little more than ceremonial value.
  • burgh of regality, granted to a nobleman or lord of regality.
  • The governing body of a police burgh were the police commissioners.
  • The burgh is also noted as a base for viewing the local offshore sea life.
British Dictionary definitions for burgh

burgh

/ˈbʌrə/
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 (sense 1)
Derived Forms
burghal (ˈbɜːɡəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: Scottish form of borough
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