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bourn

1

or bourne

[ bawrn, bohrn ]
/ bɔrn, boʊrn /
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noun Scot. and North England.
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Other definitions for bourn (2 of 2)

bourn2
[ bawrn, bohrn, boorn ]
/ bɔrn, boʊrn, bʊərn /

noun Archaic.
a bound; limit.
destination; goal.
realm; domain.

Origin of bourn

2
1515–25; earlier borne<Middle French, Old French, originally a Picard form of bodne;see bound3

OTHER WORDS FROM bourn

bournless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bourn (1 of 2)

bourn1

bourne

/ (bɔːn) /

noun archaic
a destination; goal
a boundary

Word Origin for bourn

C16: from Old French borne; see bound ³

British Dictionary definitions for bourn (2 of 2)

bourn2
/ (bɔːn) /

noun
mainly Southern English a stream, esp an intermittent one in chalk areasCompare burn 2

Word Origin for bourn

C16: from Old French bodne limit; see bound ³
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