scarborough


scarborough

noun

  1. a seaport in North Yorkshire, in NE England.
  2. a city in SW Maine.

noun

  1. a fishing port and resort in NE England, in North Yorkshire on the North Sea: developed as a spa after 1660; ruined 12th-century castle. Pop: 38 364 (2001)

place in Yorkshire, earlier Scarðabork, etc., apparently a viking name, from Old Norse and meaning “fortified place of a man called Skarthi,” identified in old chronicles as Thorgils Skarthi, literally “Thorgils Harelip,” from Old Norse skartð “notch, hack (in the edge of a thing); mountain pass.” It has been noted that a literal reading of the name as “gap-hill” suits the location. Scarborough warning “short notice or none” is from 1540s.

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