: exchange sense 5a
specifically : a European stock exchange
: 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 rosy outlook radiates across Japan, where a perennially sluggish economy is now predicted to grow faster than those of the U.S. and Europe, its bourse riding a three-decade high. Time, 13 Nov. 2023 The healthcare sector topped gains in the Hong Kong bourse. WSJ, 6 Nov. 2023 Didi, once feted as the national champion that pushed Uber Technologies Inc. out of the country, was driven off New York’s main bourse after Chinese regulators launched investigations into the security of its data. Bloomberg, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 Adani Transmission and Adani Total Gas have been put under the second stage of the long-term additional surveillance measure (ASM) framework, as per India’s leading bourses National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2023 In its latest revision to listing rules, the bourse repealed a whole section focusing on risks from China’s policies and its business and legal environment, according to a consultation conclusion paper published on July 21. Reuters, CNN, 31 July 2023 To complicate matters further, bourses in Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt, all vying for prominence, now face mounting pressures and fierce competition, resulting in the loss of listings. Richard Torrenzano, Fortune, 26 June 2023 The financial secretary said at the time of his visit that bourse operator Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing reached out to Saudi Aramco about a secondary listing, according to the South China Morning Post. Filipe Pacheco,, 5 Feb. 2023 In March, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), east Africa’s biggest bourse and Kenya’s only such institution, recorded a six-year low of 30.1% in foreign investment, data from Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) shows. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bourse was in 1609

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“Bourse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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