What does burgh mean?

Definitions for burghˈbɜr oʊ, ˈbʌr oʊ, ˈbɜr ə, ˈbʌr ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burgh(noun)

    a borough in Scotland


  1. burgh(Noun)

    a small mound, often used in reference to tumuli (mostly restricted to place names).

  2. burgh(Noun)

    a borough or chartered town (now only used as an official subdivision in Scotland).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burgh(noun)

    a borough or incorporated town, especially, one in Scotland. See Borough


  1. Burgh

    A burgh was an autonomous corporate entity in Scotland and Northern England, usually a town. This type of administrative division existed from the 12th century, when King David I created the first royal burghs. Burgh status was broadly analogous to borough status, found in the rest of the United Kingdom. Following local government reorganisation in 1975 the title of "burgh" remains in use in many towns, but now has little more than ceremonial value.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burgh

    bur′ō, n. the Scotch word corresponding to the English Borough.—ns. Burg (same as Borough); Burg′age, a system of tenure where the king or other person is lord of an ancient borough, city, or town, by which the citizens hold their lands or tenements, for a certain annual rent; Burgess (bur′jes), Bur′gher, an inhabitant of a borough: a citizen or freeman: a magistrate of certain towns: one able to take the usual burgesses' oath (see Antiburgher).—adj. Bur′ghal, relating to a burgh.—n. Burg′omaster, the chief magistrate of a German or a Dutch borough, answering to the English term mayor.—Burgh of barony, a corporation consisting of the inhabitants of a determinate tract of land within the barony, and municipally governed by magistrates and a council whose election is either vested in the baron superior of the district, or vested in the inhabitants themselves; Burgh of regality, a burgh of barony, spiritual or temporal, enfranchised by crown charter, with regal or exclusive criminal jurisdiction within their own territories.—Parliamentary burgh, one like Paisley, Greenock, Leith, whose boundaries, as first fixed in 1832, were adopted for municipal purposes, with regard to which they stand practically in the same position as royal burghs; Police burgh, a burgh constituted by the sheriff for purposes of improvement and police, the local authority being the police commissioners; Royal burgh, a corporate body deriving its existence, constitution, and rights from a royal charter, such being either actual and express, or presumed to have existed.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burgh in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burgh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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