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[oh-bairzh; French oh-berzh] /oʊˈbɛərʒ; French oʊˈbɛrʒ/
noun, plural auberges
[oh-bair-zhiz; French oh-berzh] /oʊˈbɛər ʒɪz; French oʊˈbɛrʒ/ (Show IPA)
an inn; hostel.
Origin of auberge
1770-80; < French, Middle French < Provençal, Franco-Provençal aubergo hostelry, Old Provençal alberga, alberja encampment, hut, noun derivative of albergar, dissimilated form of arbergar to lodge, shelter < Vulgar Latin < East Germanic *haribergōn to shelter an armed force (hari- army + bergōn to shelter); cf. harbinger, harbor < a West Germanic cognate of the same verb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for auberge
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  • Even the obtuse faculties of the hostler had been drilled into knowing nothing of any other auberge in the town but his own.

    Richelieu, v. 3/3 G. P. R. James
  • He married Jacintha, and Josephine set them up in Bigot's, (deceased) auberge.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • We are all at the auberge de l'Union which is the only one in the place and is neither good nor bad.

  • It is more compact than Vildrac's "auberge," and has not Vildrac's tendency to sentiment.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Hector at once went to an auberge but a few hundred yards from the cardinal's residence.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
  • She returned to her watching place to find the auberge again in darkness.

    The Garden of Swords Max Pemberton
  • She is less anxious, however, seeing the state in which he presents himself; so unusual, coming from the "auberge maudite."

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • He drank sitting on a bench outside the door of the auberge.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • The Count was lying in a dangerous condition at the auberge Royale, and might not be moved.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • They stopped at the first auberge, and there Durochat manifested a desire to speak to the magistrate in private.

British Dictionary definitions for auberge


/French obɛrʒ/
an inn or tavern
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old Provençal alberga, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon heriberga army shelter
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