Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally, in England, the head or chief of a tithing or frank-pledge; a headborough; afterward, a petty constable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eng. Law) The head or chief of a tithing, or borough (see 2d borough); the headborough; a parish constable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK, obsolete The head or chief of a tithing, or borough; the headborough; a parish constable.

Etymologies

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Old English borsolder; probably from Anglo-Saxon borg, genitive borges, pledge + ealdor elder. See borrow and elder.

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