Berne

[burn; French bern]

Bern

or Berne

[burn; German bern]
noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Switzerland, in the W part: capital of Bern canton.
  2. a canton in W Switzerland. 2658 sq. mi. (6885 sq. km). Capital: Bern.
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Bern

noun
  1. 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)
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for berne

Bern

Swiss capital, probably originally from PIE root *ber- "marshy place," but by folk etymology from German Bär "bear" (cf. Berlin). Related: Bernese.

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