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[boo rs] /bʊərs/
a stock exchange, especially the stock exchange of certain European cities.
Origin of bourse
1835-45; < French: literally, purse; see bursa Unabridged
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  • He got "Sunday specials" out of them both, and then went on to the bourse de Travail.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • In consequence of his views, he was known on the bourse as "bear" Moser.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • There was the gossip of the bourse and the cabinet, the green-room and the stable.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • Now, the Cascine is to the world of society what the bourse is to the world of trade.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • The sharks on the bourse and the sharp men of business are just as dishonest.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • Do you mean to tell me that you have business on the bourse at midnight?

  • The men in general remained on their legs apart, conversing as if they were on the bourse.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Already evil rumours, vague as yet, were going the round of the bourse.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for bourse


a stock exchange of continental Europe, esp Paris
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: purse, from Medieval Latin bursa, ultimately from Greek: leather
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Word Origin and History for bourse

"stock exchange," 1570s, burse, from Old French borse "money bag, purse" (12c.), from Medieval Latin bursa "a bag" (see purse (n.)). French spelling and modern sense of "exchange for merchants" is first recorded 1845, from the name of the Paris stock exchange. The term originated because in 13c. Bruges the sign of a purse (or perhaps three purses), hung on the front of the house where merchants met.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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