Definition of bourse in English:


Syllabification: bourse
Pronunciation: /bo͝ors


  • 1A stock market in a non-English-speaking country, especially France.
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    • The announcement coincided with a plunge in European stock markets as bourses revisited six-year lows.
    • The threat of war pummeled Asian stock markets on Friday, with some bourses sinking to levels not seen since the Asian economic crisis.
    • For investors in the major bourses of Asia, there's cause for celebration.
  • 1.1 (Bourse) The Paris stock exchange.


mid 16th century (as burse, the usual form until the mid 19th century): from French, literally 'purse', via medieval Latin from Greek bursa 'leather'.

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