Definition of bourse in English:



  • 1A stock market in a non-English-speaking country, especially France.

    • ‘Not all emerging-market bourses did badly in the last year.’
    • ‘Foreign investors have been net buyers in the local bourse throughout this month, buoying sentiment and boosting trading volume.’
    • ‘And a deal signed in June by the Malaysian and Singaporean bourses will make it easier for portfolio investors from either side of the border to trade stocks in both countries.’
    • ‘The threat of war pummeled Asian stock markets on Friday, with some bourses sinking to levels not seen since the Asian economic crisis.’
    • ‘One strategy authorities are pursuing to strengthen Chinese bourses is to allow in foreign investors.’
    • ‘But the reforms will transform India's exchanges from bazaars to modern bourses.’
    • ‘‘But in the long term, there is probably room for just two or three,’ says the CEO of one of Germany's small regional bourses.’
    • ‘The announcement coincided with a plunge in European stock markets as bourses revisited six-year lows.’
    • ‘Europe's bourses were rocked, and shareholders realized more than ever that bad governance costs them money.’
    • ‘But with investors moving money across national borders more easily than ever, the movements of stocks in one country are being felt more quickly in bourses worldwide.’
    • ‘Many European bourses dropped to five-year lows and the Nasdaq came close to five-year lows.’
    • ‘Mainland bourses have started to clean up their act, from delisting chronic money-losers to penalizing stock manipulators.’
    • ‘Singapore share prices sank to their lowest levels since April 1999, spooked by poor sentiment on regional bourses and negative remarks by Singapore leaders about prospects for the Singapore economy.’
    • ‘The local bourse did not open Wednesday for fear that investor panic in the wake of Tuesday's attacks would wreak havoc on the already depressed markets.’
    • ‘For investors in the major bourses of Asia, there's cause for celebration.’
    • ‘The European bourses have barely paused for breath since recovering from the depths of early March, when in the backdrop of the imminent war in Iraq stock markets were on the receiving end of a pummelling.’
    • ‘But the Korean bourse boasts a dubious distinction: It has less local investment than almost any other major market.’
    • ‘If the exercises get too threatening, that could send Asian markets into paroxysms - just when the region's bourses are giving up gains from earlier this year.’
    • ‘The government's hopes for its markets will never be realized if the bourses remain a place to shake down investors.’
    • ‘Foreign investors posted net selling in the Seoul bourse last year for the first time since the stock market opened to foreigners.’
    stock exchange, money market
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    1. 1.1 The Paris stock exchange.


Mid 16th century (as burse, the usual form until the mid 19th century): from French, literally ‘purse’, via medieval Latin from Greek bursa ‘leather’.