Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

bora1

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh] /ˈbɔr ə, ˈboʊr ə/
noun, Meteorology.
1.
(on the Adriatic coasts) a violent, dry, cold wind blowing from the north or northeast.
Origin of bora1
1860-1865
1860-65; < Upper Italian, variant of Italian borea Boreas

bora2

[bawr-uh, bohr-uh] /ˈbɔr ə, ˈboʊr ə/
noun, Australian.
1.
an initiation rite of the Aborigines in which boys are accepted into the tribe as men.
Origin
First recorded in 1865-70, bora is from the Kamilaroi word būru initiation rite, initiation belt
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bora
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Then I learned that his wife had been born on bora bora and still owned a house there.

  • And bora, with a dark glance at Paul, walked in the direction indicated.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • It was political necessity that drove me to the arms of bora.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • In passing along one of the corridors Zabern encountered the Duke of bora.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • Have I got rid of bora only to find that he has left a successor in the cabinet?

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • You may ride in state to the cathedral, but only to witness the crowning of bora.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • "Have a care what you do, Cousin Natalie," said bora, scarcely able to speak from fear.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • "bora seems on excellent terms with the princess," said Paul.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
British Dictionary definitions for bora

bora1

/ˈbɔːrə/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) a violent cold north wind blowing from the mountains to the E coast of the Adriatic, usually in winter
Word Origin
C19: from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Latin borēas the north wind

bora2

/ˈbɔːrə/
noun
1.
an initiation ceremony of native Australians, introducing youths to manhood
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bora

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bora

6
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bora