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[oh-bairzh; French oh-berzh]
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noun, plural au·berges [oh-bair-zhiz; French oh-berzh] /oʊˈbɛər ʒɪz; French oʊˈbɛrʒ/.
  1. an inn; hostel.
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Origin of auberge

1770–80; < French, Middle French < Provençal, Franco-Provençal aubergo hostelry, Old Provençal alberga, alberja encampment, hut, noun derivative of albergar, dissimilated form of arbergar to lodge, shelter < Vulgar Latin < East Germanic *haribergōn to shelter an armed force (hari- army + bergōn to shelter); cf. harbinger, harbor < a West Germanic cognate of the same verb
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Examples from the Web for auberge

Historical Examples

  • He is lodged at the Auberge Royale, where probably you will find him at present.

    Bardelys the Magnificent

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He married Jacintha, and Josephine set them up in Bigot's, (deceased) auberge.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • Having made these arrangements with Reuben, he returned to the auberge.

    Paul Gerrard

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • On returning to the auberge, Gervaise had a long chat with Ralph.

  • It is more compact than Vildrac's "Auberge," and has not Vildrac's tendency to sentiment.


    Ezra Pound

British Dictionary definitions for auberge


  1. an inn or tavern
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Old Provençal alberga, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon heriberga army shelter
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