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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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  • Yet the bourse stands fast, and the decree is likely enough to be popular with the ouvrier class.

  • bourse: the same as Exchange, where merchants meet to transact their business.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • Juffrouw Krummel said she practiced with her husband when he came from the bourse.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • In 1794 the ground floor of the Petite Galerie was used as a bourse.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • But a large number of enterprises were started in Germany of which the Berlin bourse knew nothing.

    The Great Illusion Norman Angell
  • He got "Sunday specials" out of them both, and then went on to the bourse de Travail.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He often played baccarat: cards were lenient with his purse and the bourse with his pocketbook.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • In the Paris bourse all agents are strictly forbidden to trade on their own account.

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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