bourn

1

or bourne

[bawrn, bohrn]

noun Scot. and North England.


Nearby words

  1. bourguignon,
  2. bourguignonne,
  3. bourke-white,
  4. bourke-white, margaret,
  5. bourkha,
  6. bourne,
  7. bournemouth,
  8. bourneville's disease,
  9. bourneville-pringle disease,
  10. bournonite

bourn

2
[bawrn, bohrn, boo rn]

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

Related formsbourn·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bourn

bourn

1

bourne

noun archaic

a destination; goal
a boundary

Word Origin for bourn

C16: from Old French borne; see bound ³

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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