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Bourges

[boorzh] /burʒ/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of Cher, in central France: cathedral.

Cher

[shair; French sher] /ʃɛər; French ʃɛr/
noun
1.
a river in central France, flowing NW to the Loire River. 220 miles (355 km) long.
2.
a department in central France. 2820 sq. mi. (7305 sq. km).
Capital: Bourges.
3.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for Bourges

Bourges

/French burʒ/
noun
1.
a city in central France. Pop: 72 480 (1999)

Cher

/French ʃɛr/
noun
1.
a department of central France, in E Centre region. Capital: Bourges. Pop: 312 277 (2003 est). Area: 7304 sq km (2849 sq miles)
2.
a river in central France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing northwest to the Loire. Length: 354 km (220 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Bourges

Cher

U.S. pop performer, born Cherilyn Sarkisian (1946). As a given name for girls in U.S., it hit a bump of popularity 1972-73 around the time she starred in a popular TV variety show.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Bourges

cher

adjective

Personable; attractive: He's a real cher cat

[1960s+ Teenagers; fr French ''dear'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for Bourges

city, capital of Cher departement, Centre region, almost exactly in the centre of France. It lies on the Canal du Berry, at the confluence of the Yevre and Auron rivers, in marshy country watered by the Cher, southeast of Orleans. As ancient Avaricum, capital of the Bituriges, it was defended valiantly in 52 BC by Vercingetorix against Julius Caesar, who in his commentaries deemed it one of the most beautiful cities in Gaul. St. Ursin brought Christianity there in the 3rd century. Charlemagne unified Berry and made Bourges capital of Aquitaine. During the Hundred Years' War, Charles VII resided there (1422-37), and Joan of Arc wintered there (1429-30). In 1438 the Pragmatic Sanction was signed at Bourges. Louis XI, who was born there, endowed the city in 1463 with a university (abolished during the French Revolution) at which Jacques Cujas (1522-90) was once a renowned teacher of Roman law. John Calvin was converted to Luther's ideas in Bourges.

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Cher

American entertainer who parlayed her status as a teenage pop singer into a recording, concert, and acting career

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