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bɜrn, bɛərnbern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bern, Berne, capital of Switzerlandnoun

    the capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland


  1. Bernnoun

    The capital of Switzerland and of the canton of Bern.

  2. Bernnoun

    A canton of Switzerland.

  3. Etymology: According to the (incorrect) folk etymology named by its founder, Duke Berthold V, after a bear (Bär) he had killed there.


  1. Bern

    Bern (Swiss Standard German: [bɛrn] (listen)) or Berne is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to as the "federal city" With a population of about 133,000 (as of 2022), Bern is the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland, behind Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Lausanne. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000.Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous of Switzerland's cantons. The official language is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German. In 1983, the historic old town (in German: Altstadt) in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is notably surrounded by the Aare, a major river of the Swiss Plateau. Although fortified settlements were established since antiquity, the medieval city proper was founded by the Zähringer ruling family, probably in 1191 by Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen. Bern was made a free imperial city in 1218 and, in 1353, it joined the Swiss Confederacy, becoming one of its eight early cantons. Since then, Bern became a large city-state and a prominent actor of Swiss history by pursuing a policy of sovereign territorial expansion. Since the 15th century, the city was progressively rebuilt and acquired its current characteristics. Bern was made the Federal City in 1848. From about 5,000 inhabitants in the 15th century, the city passed the 100,000 mark in the 1920s.


  1. bern

    The term "Bern" is most commonly known as the capital city of Switzerland. It is also one of the states of Switzerland. As a name, it can refer to a person's first or last name. Additionally, "Bern" can refer to a river flowing from the Alps to the northwestern part of Switzerland. However, without a specific context, it is generally assumed to refer to the capital city of Switzerland.


  1. Bern

    The city of Bern or Berne is the Bundesstadt of Switzerland, and, with a population of 125,681, is the fifth most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 43 municipalities, has a population of 353,300. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern is also the capital of the Canton of Bern, the second most populous of Switzerland's cantons. The official language of Bern is German, but the main spoken language is the Alemannic Swiss German dialect called Bernese German. In 1983 the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life.

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  1. BERN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bern is ranked #31285 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bern surname appeared 741 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bern.

    87.7% or 650 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 32 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.6% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 14 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BERN in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BERN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of BERN in a Sentence

  1. Paul Cezanne:

    This solution in the spirit of the Swiss-French friendship and partnership allows two great museums, Bern Museum of Fine Art and the Musee Granet in Aix-en-Provence, to show a masterpiece by our grandfather Paul Cezanne for the benefit and enjoyment of a great audience, it is a work that until 1940 was owned by the Cezanne family.

  2. Ken Tietjen:

    Nevada put out the Bern, hillary has all the momentum going forward.

  3. Bill Purcell:

    We are investigating this matter with the help of the New Bern Police Department, in addition, we are taking steps to prevent this isolated incident from happening again. As local owners, our biggest priority is our customers and community and we want to ensure that every experience at our restaurant is a positive one.

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