Definition of borough in English:


Line breaks: bor|ough
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌrə


1A town or district which is an administrative unit, in particular:
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  • But modern life has moved beyond such administrative units as boroughs and as a result, the need for wardens has diminished.
  • Wroughton Junior School was the borough's unit for dyslexia.
  • He said: ‘It's utterly incredulous that any council will actually just decide that it fancies dumping its problems on its neighbouring districts and boroughs.’
1.1British A town (as distinct from a city) with a corporation and privileges granted by a royal charter.
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  • There are 16 places up for grabs on the youth forum, two for each of the county's districts and boroughs.
  • And Mr Davis warned that devolution would take power away from local communities and threaten ‘our historic counties, our ancient boroughs and our parishes’.
  • Their portion of council tax - being a unitary they set the borough and county parts as one - is 8.9 per cent.
1.2British historical A town sending representatives to Parliament.
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  • He received various pensions, grants and sinecures from the crown, was a member of parliament for the borough of Warwick, and frequently served abroad.
  • Audley was a lawyer from Essex, who became town clerk of Colchester in 1514 and was elected to Parliament for the borough in 1523.
  • In parliamentary boroughs with freeman franchises, the power to bestow the freedom was in effect a power to create electors, a consideration which clearly shaped its use.
1.3An administrative division of London.
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  • Avonmore primary, a state school in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, came 19th, with an aggregate score of 266.
  • A qualified science teacher with two years experience, Alex Dolan, also filmed at secondary schools in the London borough of Islington.
  • Currently operating in a number of London boroughs, the business offers various care packages ranging from a half-hour domestic call to 24-hour personal care plans.
1.4A municipal corporation in certain US states.
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  • Erie was incorporated as a borough in 1805, having previously formed a part of Mill Creek Township; divided into two wards in 1840; granted a city charter in 1851; and divided into four wards in 1858.
  • Alpine was created as a Bergen County, N.J. borough April 8, 1903 from area taken from Harrington Township.
  • Aramingo is a borough crested out of the township of Northern Liberties, incorporated April 11,1850.
1.5Each of five divisions of New York City.
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  • The NYPD patrols the five boroughs of New York City.
  • The Moveable Museum now travels to schools, community centers, parks, street fairs and other neighborhood organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Loan default collections for borrowers in the five boroughs of New York City also will be put on hold automatically until January, Paige said.
1.6(In Alaska) a district corresponding to a county elsewhere in the US.
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  • Stretching from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula to the easternmost Aleutian Islands, the Aleutians East Borough is like no other place on earth.
  • The Kodiak Island Borough welcomes you to Alaska’s beautiful Emerald Isle, its government and services.
  • Welcome to the City and Borough of Sitka, Alaska.


Old English burg, burh 'fortress, citadel', later 'fortified town', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch burg and German Burg. Compare with burgh.

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