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

  • n. A market town.
  • n. A medieval village, especially one situated near a castle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A town; a borough: chiefly with reference to French towns.
  • n. A name given to the red wine of a large district in France in the department of Gironde, on the north bank of the Dordogne.


French, from Old French, from Late Latin burgus, fortress, of Germanic origin; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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