[ boo rs ]
/ bʊərs /


a stock exchange, especially the stock exchange of certain European cities.


Nearby words

  1. bourneville-pringle disease,
  2. bournonite,
  3. bournonville,
  4. bournonville, auguste,
  5. bourrée,
  6. bourtree,
  7. bouse,
  8. bousouki,
  9. boustrophedon,
  10. bousy

Origin of bourse

1835–45; < French: literally, purse; see bursa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bourse


/ (bʊəs) /


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

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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.

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