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bourse

[boo rs] /bʊərs/
noun
1.
a stock exchange, especially the stock exchange of certain European cities.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < French: literally, purse; see bursa
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Bourse

/bʊəs/
noun
1.
a stock exchange of continental Europe, esp Paris
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: purse, from Medieval Latin bursa, ultimately from Greek: leather
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Word Origin and History for bourse
n.

"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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