from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The head or chief of a tithing, or borough; the headborough; a parish constable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The head or chief of a tithing, or borough (see 2d borough); the headborough; a parish constable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, in England, the head or chief of a tithing or frank-pledge; a headborough; afterward, a petty constable.
Old English borsolder; probably from Anglo-Saxon borg, genitive borges, pledge + ealdor elder. See borrow and elder. (Wiktionary)