\ ˈbu̇rs How to pronounce bourse (audio) \

Definition of bourse

1 : exchange sense 5a specifically : a European stock exchange
2 : a sale of numismatic or philatelic items on tables (as at a convention)

Examples of bourse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shift was one in a basket of reforms aimed at making Hong Kong's bourse more globally competitive after the loss of Alibaba's original IPO to New York in 2014. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The U.S. clampdown on Chinese companies is an unexpected windfall for Hong Kong," 26 June 2020 Several other Chinese pharmaceutical stocks jumped about 10% on the main Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Chinese Drugmakers’ Shares Surge, Travel Stocks Fall as Virus Outbreak Worsens," 20 Jan. 2020 The new Nasdaq-style bourse relaxes rules on listing and trading, streamlining that Chinese leaders hope can one day be extended to other exchanges. Washington Post, "China’s Plan to Lure Big Tech Listings Back Home," 22 July 2019 There’ll be no grand opening on the London or New York stock exchanges for the oil giant -- trading will be restricted to the Saudi bourse and the shares weren’t even marketed to most money managers. Matthew Martin | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why Saudi Aramco’s IPO Is No Ordinary Share Sale," 6 Dec. 2019 That is in part because many of the companies listed on the bourse aren’t local businesses and have been spared any significant dent in share prices. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Delegation on Charm Offensive at Davos," 24 Jan. 2020 Both days’ declines were foreshadowed by drops in Asian and European bourses. The Economist, "Spread and stutter Markets wake up with a jolt to the implications of covid-19," 26 Feb. 2020 Here’s how some of them have performed on the bourses under his watch since Feb. 21, 2017. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Charted: How the biggest Tata group firms performed under N Chandrasekaran," 18 Dec. 2019 Stock markets in London and Frankfurt dropped sharply after big losses on bourses in Tokyo and Shanghai. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "China reports fewest number of coronavirus cases since it started tracking disease in January," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bourse

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bourse

Middle French, literally, purse, from Medieval Latin bursa — more at purse

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The first known use of bourse was in 1609

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5 Jul 2020

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“Bourse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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