One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An ancient or medieval fortress or walled town.
- ‘Archeologists & geologists now believe the ancient burgs of Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed by earthquake-induced fires - and not, as science has long held, by the wrath of an angry god.’
- ‘Gathering the reins in his hands, he led the two horses and Kate out of the burg.’
- ‘Kate looked once more at the dead soldiers, at the burg wall beyond, and sorrowfully turned to follow.’
- ‘The Old English (Anglo-Saxon) terms burg, burh, and byrig were used originally for fortified places, including villages and royal halls.’
2North American informal A town or city.
- ‘But almost any small burg that sprang up along a stream in Alabama soon had a working grist mill capable of milling the non-glutinous corn.’
- ‘For two hours or so, 17-year-olds become as important as city council members in burgs like Mechanicsburg, Pa.’
- ‘How do you rustle up some fast cash for your troubled burg?’
- ‘‘Early on, I tried to cater it to the Canadian scene and I really couldn't do it,’ says Smith, on the phone from his home in Dunnville, Ont., a small burg near Lake Erie.’
- ‘Apparently, folks from the local dirt farms are disappearing, and the brackish burg has already seen its quota of alien abductions for the year.’
- ‘More likely it was a case of misplaced scorn for the saccharine melodies that overwhelmed the odes to left-coast burgs Santa Cruz, Big Sur and Hollywood.’
- ‘About a dozen baseball-themed museums beckon visitors to big-league cities and out-of-the-way burgs.’
- ‘He was a jet plane touching down in every city and burg from here to Harrisburg, carrying the message of the greatness of Napa Valley wine.’
- ‘Can't help wondering what Kal-El would say about the presence of a gambling den in his fair burg - seems like something more appropriate to Gotham City.’
- ‘You hear quickly that Gordon, born in California and now a citizen of the world, remembers fondly the place where he grew up - Pittsboro, a small burg just west of Indianapolis.’
- ‘For the trouble of saving your life, he sets you up in an abandoned warehouse in a seedy burg known as Carcer City.’
- ‘From Shreveport to Ferriday and all points in between, along the backwater burgs and the big city haunts, the myth of the Big Easy is examined in this exhaustive overview.’
- ‘As the sun glanced through my window, I realized my sense of well-being is definitely engendered by the presence of 3 Rogers and Hammerstein productions in our fair burg.’
- ‘In a bizarre and questionably legal move prior to the city's mega-merger, a bunch of outgoing Côte-St-Luc city councillors bade adieu to their burg by naming their city's parks after themselves.’
- ‘Toronto has passed a pesticide ban, hot on the heels of more progressive burgs.’
- ‘After another leg, we stopped in Alexander City, Ala., a tiny burg about 70 miles east of Birmingham.’
- ‘Deriding the little burg as ‘Lobster Town’ or calling someone an idiot is as rebellious as anyone gets.’
- ‘‘Condit Country’ is a bad enough slogan for this agribusiness burg, yet, not satisfied with it, the city boosters have also erected an arch across the main street.’
- ‘Finding every fall in this area would take a lifetime, so concentrate on Marquette County and the delightful burg of Big Bay.’
- ‘By the time he left Philadelphia in late 2001 for the struggling industrial burg of Burlington City, N.J., he'd built himself a legacy.’
Mid 18th century: from late Latin burgus (see burgess). burg (sense 2 of the noun) is from German Burg ‘castle, city’.
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