Definition of bourse in English:

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Pronunciation: /bʊəs/


1A stock market in a non-English-speaking country, especially France. Compare with burse.
Example sentences
  • 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 (the 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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