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bourse / boŏrs/ • n. a stock market in a non-English-speaking country, esp. France. ∎  (Bourse) the Paris stock exchange. ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. (as burse, the usual form until the mid 19th cent.): from French, literally ‘purse,’ via medieval Latin from Greek bursa ‘leather.’

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bourse money exchange, spec. (B-.) French stock exchange. XIX. — F. bourse purse.