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Bernor Berne (bûrn, bĕrn)
The capital of Switzerland, in the west-central part of the country on the Aare River. Founded as a military post in 1191, it became part of the Swiss Confederation in 1353 and its capital in 1848.
Bern(bɜːn; German bɛrn)
nFrench name: Berne
1. (Placename) the capital of Switzerland, in the W part, on the Aar River: entered the Swiss confederation in 1353 and became the capital in 1848. Pop: 122 700 (2002 est)
2. (Placename) a canton of Switzerland, between the French frontier and the Bernese Alps. Capital: Bern. Pop: 950 200 (2002 est). Area: 6884 sq km (2658 sq miles)
or Berne(bɜrn, bɛərn)
1. the capital of Switzerland, in the W part: capital of Bern canton. 136,300.
2. a canton in W Switzerland. 941,952; 2658 sq. mi. (6885 sq. km). Cap.: Bern.
Ber•nese (ˈbɜr niz, -nis, bɜrˈniz, -ˈnis) adj., n., pl. -nese.