Main definitions of bourn in English

: bourn1bourn2

bourn1

(also bourne)

Pronunciation /bôrn/ /bɔrn/

noun

dialect
  • A small stream, especially one that flows intermittently or seasonally.

    ‘One of the many good touches in this book is its linguistic bent, as in the explanation of tilth and bourn, farming terms carried as baggage to the American Utopia.’
    • ‘‘I-I-I don't get you, ’ he says thickly, in a stuttered upper-pitch that probably succeeds in shaving a bourne of phlegm off his wind-pipe.’
    • ‘But it seems likely that all sorcery will vanish with the bourns.’
    • ‘The bourns are its arteries.’
    brook, rivulet, rill, runnel, streamlet, freshet

Origin

Middle English southern English variant of burn.

Main definitions of bourn in English

: bourn1bourn2

bourn2

(also bourne)

Pronunciation /bôrn/ /bɔrn/

noun

  • 1literary A limit or boundary.

    limit, end, edge, side, farthest point, boundary, border, frontier, boundary line, bound, bounding line, partition line, demarcation line, end point, cut-off point, termination
    1. 1.1A goal or destination.

Origin

Early 16th century (denoting a boundary of a field): from French borne, from Old French bodne (see bound).