[boo rs]
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Origin of bourse

1835–45; < French: literally, purse; see bursa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bourse

exchange, board, Amex, NASDAQ, bourse, OTC

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Contemporary Examples of bourse

Historical Examples of bourse

  • He got "Sunday specials" out of them both, and then went on to the Bourse de Travail.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • In consequence of his views, he was known on the Bourse as "bear" Moser.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • There was the gossip of the Bourse and the cabinet, the green-room and the stable.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • Now, the Cascine is to the world of society what the Bourse is to the world of trade.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • The sharks on the Bourse and the sharp men of business are just as dishonest.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux

British Dictionary definitions for bourse


  1. a stock exchange of continental Europe, esp Paris

Word Origin for Bourse

C19: from French, literally: purse, from Medieval Latin bursa, ultimately from Greek: leather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bourse

"stock exchange," 1570s, burse, from Old French borse "money bag, purse" (12c.), from Medieval Latin bursa "a bag" (see purse (n.)). French spelling and modern sense of "exchange for merchants" is first recorded 1845, from the name of the Paris stock exchange. The term originated because in 13c. Bruges the sign of a purse (or perhaps three purses), hung on the front of the house where merchants met.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper