ˈbȯrn How to pronounce bourn (audio)
variants or bourne

Example Sentences

idyllic days that were spent rambling the length of the bourn that flowed through that peaceful vale

Word History


Middle English burn, bourne — more at burn

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bourn was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near bourn

Cite this Entry

“Bourn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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