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Bern

or Berne

[ burn; German bern ]
/ bɜrn; German bɛrn /
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noun

a city in and the capital of Switzerland, in the W part: capital of Bern canton.
a canton in W Switzerland. 2,658 sq. mi. (6,885 sq. km). Capital: Bern.

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Bern
/ (bɜːn, German bɛrn) /

noun

the capital of Switzerland, in the W part, on the Aar River: entered the Swiss confederation in 1353 and became the capital in 1848. Pop: 122 700 (2002 est)
a canton of Switzerland, between the French frontier and the Bernese Alps. Capital: Bern. Pop: 950 200 (2002 est). Area: 6884 sq km (2658 sq miles)
French name: Berne (bɛrn)
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