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Definition of "borough" []

  • A self-governing incorporated town in some U.S. states, such as New Jersey. (noun)
  • One of the five administrative units of New York City. (noun)
  • A civil division of the state of Alaska that is the equivalent of a county in most other U.S. states. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A town having a municipal corporation and certain rights, such as self-government. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A town that sends a representative to Parliament. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "borough" in a sentence
  • "The term borough originally meant a company consisting of ten families, which were bound together as each other's pledge."
  • "The defendants want (Centralia) to cease to exist because as long as the borough is there, they can't mine under it."
  • "Whitaker has also said the borough wanted to fire the conservative attorney, but they could not because he was so deeply involved in borough efforts to change the way the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is assessed."