- 1 English
- 2 Albanian
- 3 Old English
- 4 Old High German
- 5 Old Saxon
burg (plural burgs)
- (Canada, US) A city or town.
1921, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Efficiency Expert, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2012:
- Tell mother that I will write her in a day or two, probably from Chicago, as I have always had an idea that that was one burg where I could make good.
2009 June, David Thriault, “This Way In: The Sound and the Fury”, Esquire, volume 151, number 6, page 6:
- Imagine my surprise when I learned that he was not only a Canadian but lived in Ottawa, that icy burg I had left so many kilometers -- sorry, miles -- behind me.
2010 Feb, Paige Orloff, “Big Style on a (Little) Budget”, Country Living, volume 33, number 2, page 84:
- It's been said that Wilder modeled that fictional setting on Peterborough, a quaint burg tucked away in New Hampshire's verdant southwestern hills.
- (historical) A fortified town in medieval Europe.
Old High German
From Proto-Germanic *burgz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰərgʰ- (“fortified elevation”), *bʰerǵʰ-. Cognate with Old Saxon burg, Frankish *burg, Old English burh, Old Norse borg, Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌲𐍃 (baurgs). Also related to Old High German berg and more distantly to Latin fortis.
- German: Burg
- fort, castle
- imu thô an Effrem an theru hôhon burg uunode — he then lived in the high fort of Effrem (Heliand, verse 4187)
- city, town
- bûan an them burugium — to live in these cities (Genesis, verse 238)
- Low German: Borg