[burn; French bern]
[burn; German bern]
- a city in and the capital of Switzerland, in the W part: capital of Bern canton.
- a canton in W Switzerland. 2658 sq. mi. (6885 sq. km). Capital: Bern.
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Examples from the Web for berne
They were then airlifted to nearby hospitals in Lausanne and Berne.Swiss Ski Trip’s Horrific End
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I hoped to win Sara, in one way or another, when we got to Berne.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
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The Swiss were preparing with all haste, and advancing to Berne.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
He forgot the connection in which they came, but he retained the words: "He may have to go to Berne."
So, when he should have been going to New York, he went to Berne.
In marked contrast to Dettelsau is the deaconess house at Berne.Deaconesses in Europe
Jane M. Bancroft
- the capital of Switzerland, in the W part, on the Aar River: entered the Swiss confederation in 1353 and became the capital in 1848. Pop: 122 700 (2002 est)
- a canton of Switzerland, between the French frontier and the Bernese Alps. Capital: Bern. Pop: 950 200 (2002 est). Area: 6884 sq km (2658 sq miles)
French name: Berne (bɛrn)
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Word Origin and History for berne
Swiss capital, probably originally from PIE root *ber- "marshy place," but by folk etymology from German Bär "bear" (cf. Berlin). Related: Bernese.
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