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[burn; French bern] /bɜrn; French bɛrn/


or Berne

[burn; German bern] /bɜrn; German bɛrn/
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I received two yesterday and one this morning, the latter being written first and dated at Berne.

    The Cross of Berny Emile de Girardin
  • Some of them are among the treasures in the museum at Nancy and at Berne in Switzerland.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • After paying short visits to Lausanne, Berne, and Zurich, the party returned home.

    Elizabeth Fry Mrs. E. R. Pitman
  • There wasn't a light in the house, except in my room and Berne Webster's.

    No Clue James Hay
  • Dietrich of Berne now took him by the hand and led him bound to where he found Kriemhild.

  • "Berne Webster killed my daughter," she said evenly, hands moveless in her lap.

    No Clue James Hay
  • International copyright and the Convention of Berne are things to be proud of and rejoice over.

  • You're treating Berne as if he'd killed the woman and you could prove it!

    No Clue James Hay
  • Italy was an original party to the Berne convention and accepted the Paris acts, but has yet to ratify the Berlin convention.

    Copyright: Its History and Its Law Richard Rogers Bowker
British Dictionary definitions for Berne


/bɜːn; German bɛrn/
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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