American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fortified town; a borough (which see).
- n. Same as brough.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A fortified town.
- n. engraving A borough.
- 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)
“The burg is faking alien visitation to get more tourists, with a museum and UFO-themed snacks, and among their exhibits is a purported alien body.”
“But to me the most arresting part of Jo'burg is the huge piles of slag which surround and ring the city.”
“Jo'burg is filled with corner lots and narrow streets, consequently the city is congested.”
“Right up until you realise that Jo’burg is a summer rainfall area and it is now winter.”
“The earth is fashioned round without, and there beyond, round about it lies the deep sea; and on that sea-strand the gods gave land for an abode to the giant kind, but within on the earth made they a burg round the world against restless giants, and for this burg reared they the brows of Ymir, and called the burg Midgard.”
“Lucky Kunene is a carjacker-turned-property-racketeer who exploits poor black tenants in Jo'burg's shabby housing blocks, scheming rent-strikes and squat-takeovers against nervy white landlords.”
“And like you said about Heidelberg, F'burg's got a ton of students but the youth/artsy vibe is missing, or at least well hidden.”
“On the 40th anniversary, Ed Bradley, who was a football player for Cheyney State, which played against other state colleges, powerhouses like Kutztown or any school ending with the last four letters "burg".”
“And Jo'burg's landscape is strewn with the waste of one hundred years of resource extraction; in the service of which South Africa's racial hierarchy was constructed with violent determination.”
“From what he'd seen of the town on his way in, the "burg" portion of the name certainly fit.”
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