\ˈbu̇rs \

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)

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With a market capitalization of around $520 billion, the Tadawul, as the bourse is locally named, is the Arab world’s largest stock market. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia’s Stock Exchange Boosted Ahead of Aramco IPO," 20 June 2018 Bulging Supply Copper inventories on global bourses are at a five-year high Source: LME, Comex, Shanghai Futures Exchange Strikes, or the lack thereof, will also likely feature in conversations among the attendees., "Bloomberg," 21 Apr. 2018 The Milan bourse fell 5.8% from its close on May 25th and the euro fell to an 11-month low against the yen. The Economist, "Italy’s bond yields rise as it heads for another election," 29 May 2018 The Chicago bourse and the investor group had few choices left after the Securities and Exchange Commission blocked the deal last month. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Chicago Stock Exchange Ends Proposed Sale to Chinese Investors," 5 Mar. 2018 But that reflected a speculative frenzy on Shanghai’s bourse. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 The New York Stock Exchange was the anchor of the old Wall Street, and for the most part, the banks, brokers, securities law firms and the rest that all made it work remained focused in and around the bourse until the early 1970s. Rob Urban,, "Wall Street Is Moving, and It’s Reshaping New York," 14 May 2018 Those trading links have enabled billions of dollars to flow between Hong Kong and mainland bourses each day. Shen Hong, WSJ, "China Takes New Step Toward Opening Its Financial Markets to the World," 11 Apr. 2018 Chinese bourses closed lower, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng losing 1.2% and the Shanghai Composite falling 1%. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Slip After Fed Decision," 13 June 2018

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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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