2 [bawrn, bohrn, boorn]
noun Archaic.
a bound; limit.
destination; goal.
realm; domain.

1515–25; earlier borne < Middle French, Old French, originally a Picard form of bodne; see bound3

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bourn or bourne1 (bɔːn)
1.  a destination; goal
2.  a boundary
[C16: from Old French borne; see bound³]
bourne or bourne1
[C16: from Old French borne; see bound³]

bourn2 (bɔːn)
chiefly (Southern English) Compare burn a stream, esp an intermittent one in chalk areas
[C16: from Old French bodne limit; see bound³]

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Word Origin & History

also bourne, "small stream," especially of the winter torrents of the chalk downs, O.E. brunna, burna "brook, stream," from P.Gmc. *brunnoz "spring, fountain" (cf. O.H.G. brunno, O.N. brunnr, O.Fris. burna, Ger. Brunnen "fountain," Goth. brunna "well"), ultimately from PIE base *bhreue- "to boil, bubble,
effervesce, burn" (see brew).

"destination," 1520s, from Fr. borne, apparently a variant of bodne (see bound (n.)), used by Shakespeare in Hamlet's soliloquy (1602), from which it entered into Eng. poetic speech. He meant it probably in the correct sense of "boundary," but it has been taken to mean "goal"
(Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold) or sometimes "realm" (Keats).
"The dread of something after death, The vndiscouered Countrey; from whose Borne No Traueller returnes." ["Hamlet" III.i.79]
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