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  1. a city in and the capital of Cher, in central France: cathedral.


[shair; French sher]
  1. a river in central France, flowing NW to the Loire River. 220 miles (355 km) long.
  2. a department in central France. 2820 sq. mi. (7305 sq. km). Capital: Bourges.
  3. a female given name.
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Historical Examples

  • He gave his name as Auguste Lessite, and believed he was born at Bourges.

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  • At Bourges he applied to the Greek tongue, under the direction of professor Wolmar.

  • There is also glass of much the same sort at Poitiers, Bourges, and Rheims.

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Charles held an assembly at Bourges in the month of July, 1438.

  • The Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges embraces twenty-three articles.

British Dictionary definitions for bourges


  1. a city in central France. Pop: 72 480 (1999)


  1. a department of central France, in E Centre region. Capital: Bourges. Pop: 312 277 (2003 est). Area: 7304 sq km (2849 sq miles)
  2. a river in central France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing northwest to the Loire. Length: 354 km (220 miles)
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Word Origin and History for bourges


U.S. pop performer, born Cherilyn Sarkisian (1946). As a given name for girls in U.S., it hit a bump of popularity 1972-73 around the time she starred in a popular TV variety show.

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