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An administrative district of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, usually composed of several densely populated communities, resembling a borough but lacking a borough charter.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in England and Wales from 1888 to 1974 and Northern Ireland from 1898 to 1973) an urban division of an administrative county with an elected council in charge of housing and environmental services: usually made up of one or more thickly populated areas but lacking a borough charter
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the Republic of Ireland) any of 49 medium-sized towns with their own elected councils
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