In England, an incorporated town that is not a city; also, a town that sends members to parliament; in Scotland, a body corporate, consisting of the inhabitants of a certain district, erected by the sovereign, with a certain jurisdiction; in America, an incorporated town or village, as in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
The collective body of citizens or inhabitants of a borough; as, the borough voted to lay a tax.
A town that had been granted certain rights of self-government by the Crown so that typically, it had a mayor, aldermen, and council elected by the freeman or burgesses.
Originally meaning a fortified town in England, the name came to indicate a town with a corporation of citizens and privileges conferred by Royal Charter. The markets and faires of the borough grew in importance during the Middle Ages, and gradually the boroughs elected their own members of Parliament.
A term (from the Old English burh) used to denote a place with urban characteristics and therefore likely to contain commercial institutions, including a market. The term originally indicated the defended character of the place but acquired additional connotations, including the distinctive legal customs, taxation rates and rights to representation enjoyed by the inhabitants of towns in contrast to those of the countryside. The privileged inhabitants of towns were known as burgesses. Not all settlements which functioned economically or socially as towns were recognised as boroughs.
New York City term for a county. The City of New York is made up of five counties: Manhattan (actually New York County,) Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Type of governmental unit, in Alaska, that is the primary legal subdivision of the organized portion of the state, similar to a county in other states. In New York, a functioning MCD; the boroughs are the five entities, one for each county, that together constitute New York City. In Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, an incorporated place; In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, also a county subdivision. See also census area.
a town possessing a certain degree of selfgovernment and special privileges granted by royal charter .
One of the five geographical parts into which New York City is divided.
one of the administrative divisions of a large city
an English town that forms the constituency of a member of Parliament
a district council that has been granted a Royal Charter
a division of New York City only and not New York State or of any
an area that sent an MP to the Westminster Parliament
a political and administrative unit of New York City
a political subdivision of New York City only and not New York State or of anyother city in the state
or municipal corporation: dating from as early as the 11th century. Typically, a town with a governing corporation, and privileges conferred by a royal charter such as its own justices of the peace.
London is divided into 33 administrative areas: 32 boroughs and the City of London.
One of the five administrative and geographical divisions of New York City.
n. An incorporated village or town.
burg, burgh, burh (Old English) and burgus (Latin)] A town with the right of self government granted by royal charter. (MEDIEV-L. Medieval Terms) Originally a defended farm or residence but usually used in the meaning current from the ninth to the eleventh centuries, namely an urban settlement, normally fortified. (Wood, Michael. Domesday: A Search for the Roots of England, 213) At first used of any fortified place, not necessarily a town; by the eleventh century the word had strong urban connotations. (Reynolds, Susan. An Introduction to the History of English Medieval Towns, 197) Related terms: Burgus / Burh
A section of a city that has authority over local matters.
A part of a city, having legal authority over certain local matters. The most famous boroughs are the five boroughs of New York City.
a town or village that has its own local government, called a council
In Alaska, the county level governments are called boroughs. Not all areas in Alaska are part of a borough. These unorganized areas are divided into Census Areas for statistical purposes. Use your browser's back button to return from whence you came.
The term 'borough' occurs in several contexts. Many English districts are described as 'boroughs'; there are also county boroughs in Wales, borough constituencies and the London boroughs. The unifying factor is that 'borough' always refers to an area that is substantially urbanised.
A county equivalent in Alaska, a minor civil division in New York, and an incorporated place in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Related term: County and equivalent entity
A section of a city having authority over local matters.
In some states, an incorporated town. Also, one of five administrative units of New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island).
A Borough (sometimes abbreviated Boro on road signs) in the context of New Jersey local government refers to one of five types and one of eleven forms of municipal government.
In New York City, a borough is a unique form of government used to administer the five constituent counties that make up the city; it differs significantly from other borough forms of government used in other parts of the Tri-State Region and elsewhere in the United States. New York City is often referred to collectively as The Five Boroughs; this phrase is used to unambiguously refer to New York City as a whole, avoiding confusion with any particular borough or with the greater metropolitan area. It is often used by politicians to counter a focus on Manhattan and to place all five boroughs on an equal standing.