from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small stream; a brook.
- n. Archaic A destination; a goal.
- n. Archaic A boundary; a limit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small stream or brook.
- n. destination
- n. limit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stream or rivulet; a burn.
- n. A bound; a boundary; a limit. Hence: Point aimed at; goal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stream; a brook: same as burn.
- n. [The word occurs in various place-names in Great Britain, as Bournemouth (that is, mouth of the burn or rivulet), Westbourne, etc.]
- n. A bound; limit; destination; goal: as, “beyond the bourn of sunset,”
- See bone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an archaic term for a boundary
- n. an archaic term for a goal or destination
Middle English, from Old English burna; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
French bourne, from French dialectal bosne, borne, from Old French bodne, limit, boundary marker, from Medieval Latin bodina, of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Doublet of burn. (Wiktionary)
From French borne. (Wiktionary)