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burg Line breaks: burg
Pronunciation: /bəːɡ/

Definition of burg in English:


1An ancient or medieval fortress or walled town.
Example sentences
  • Archeologists & geologists now believe the ancient burgs of Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed by earthquake-induced fires - and not, as science has long held, by the wrath of an angry god.
  • Kate looked once more at the dead soldiers, at the burg wall beyond, and sorrowfully turned to follow.
  • The Old English (Anglo-Saxon) terms burg, burh, and byrig were used originally for fortified places, including villages and royal halls.
2North American informal A town or city.
Example sentences
  • From Shreveport to Ferriday and all points in between, along the backwater burgs and the big city haunts, the myth of the Big Easy is examined in this exhaustive overview.
  • For two hours or so, 17-year-olds become as important as city council members in burgs like Mechanicsburg, Pa.
  • About a dozen baseball-themed museums beckon visitors to big-league cities and out-of-the-way burgs.


Mid 18th century: from late Latin burgus (see burgess). sense 2 is from German Burg 'castle, city'.

Words that rhyme with burg

Berg, erg, exergue
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