from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A city or town: "There are no more opportunities for you in this burg” ( Damon Runyon).
  • n. A fortified or walled town in early or medieval Europe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A city or town.
  • n. A fortified town in medieval Europe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fortified town.
  • n. A borough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fortified town; a borough (which see).
  • n. Same as brough.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. colloquial American term for a town


Probably from -burg in place names such as HARRISBURG, from Middle English burgh, town, from Old English burg. Sense 2, ultimately from Germanic *burgs, hill fort; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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