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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. 2018.
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  • I hoped to win Sara, in one way or another, when we got to Berne.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The Swiss were preparing with all haste, and advancing to Berne.

  • 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
  • Some of the finest specimens are still to be seen in the museum at Berne.

    The Mines and its Wonders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Some of them are among the treasures in the museum at Nancy and at Berne in Switzerland.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • There wasn't a light in the house, except in my room and Berne Webster's.

    No Clue James Hay
  • "Berne Webster killed my daughter," she said evenly, hands moveless in her lap.

    No Clue James Hay
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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