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.

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  • 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


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

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.


  • 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.

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  • But to me the most arresting part of Jo'burg is the huge piles of slag which surround and ring the city.

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  • Jo'burg is filled with corner lots and narrow streets, consequently the city is congested.

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  • Right up until you realise that Jo’burg is a summer rainfall area and it is now winter.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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".

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  • 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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