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[oh-bairzh; French oh-berzh] /oʊˈbɛərʒ; French oʊˈbɛrʒ/
noun, plural auberges
[oh-bair-zhiz; French oh-berzh] /oʊˈbɛər ʒɪz; French oʊˈbɛrʒ/ (Show IPA)
an inn; hostel.
Origin of auberge
1770-80; < French, Middle French < Provençal, Franco-Provençal aubergo hostelry, Old Provençal alberga, alberja encampment, hut, noun derivative of albergar, dissimilated form of arbergar to lodge, shelter < Vulgar Latin < East Germanic *haribergōn to shelter an armed force (hari- army + bergōn to shelter); cf. harbinger, harbor < a West Germanic cognate of the same verb Unabridged
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  • He is lodged at the auberge Royale, where probably you will find him at present.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • He married Jacintha, and Josephine set them up in Bigot's, (deceased) auberge.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Having made these arrangements with Reuben, he returned to the auberge.

    Paul Gerrard W.H.G. Kingston
  • On returning to the auberge, Gervaise had a long chat with Ralph.

  • It is more compact than Vildrac's "auberge," and has not Vildrac's tendency to sentiment.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • She returned to her watching place to find the auberge again in darkness.

    The Garden of Swords Max Pemberton
  • Leaving Sancho in care of an attendant, I followed him into the auberge.

  • It may be noted that Meilhan lived on in the auberge after her death.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • B––– and the trooper had just finished breakfast in the auberge, and departed.

    Notes in North Africa W. G. Windham
  • Then Dick hastened to the auberge where his horses and postilion had passed the night.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for auberge


/French obɛrʒ/
an inn or tavern
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old Provençal alberga, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon heriberga army shelter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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