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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bern, Berne, capital of Switzerlandnoun

    the capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland


  1. berne

    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. berne

    Berne is the capital city of Switzerland, also known as the Federal City. It is known for its medieval architecture preserved in the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also the political center of Switzerland, housing the Swiss Parliament and other national institutions.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Berne

    a fine Swiss town on the Aar, which almost surrounds it, in a populous canton of the same name; since 1848 the capital of the Swiss Confederation; commands a magnificent view of the Bernese Alps; a busy trading and manufacturing city.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. berne

    The sovereign canton of Switzerland; joined the Swiss League in 1352; the town of Berne was made a free city by the emperor Frederick, May, 1218; it successfully resisted Rudolph of Hapsburg, 1288. It surrendered to the French under Gen. Brune, April 12, 1798; the town was made capital of Switzerland in 1848.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Berne

    From the German Bären, which expresses the plural for bear. The figure of a bear is conspicuous on the public buildings, fountains, etc.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BERNE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Berne is ranked #47429 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Berne surname appeared 447 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Berne.

    84.7% or 379 total occurrences were White.
    7.8% or 35 total occurrences were Black.
    4.7% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of berne in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of berne in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  1. John Beisner:

    I am afraid of another meltdown like The Big Short, berne is talking about a pretty aggressive plan and I would like to see what plan she has.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    • A. dangerous
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