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bourde f (plural bourdes)
- “bourde” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
bourde (plural bourdes)
- A diversion or amusing activity, especially humorous:
- A funny or entertaining tale, narrative, or example.
- A humorous saying or quip.
- (rare) A humorous incident or event; a practical joke.
- (rare) A entertaining incident or event.
- Alternative spelling of
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Prologues”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: Printed by [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868, “The Knyght”, column 2:
- At Alyſaundre he was, when it was won / Full ofte tyme he had the bourde bigon / Abouen alle nacions in Pruce […]
- At Alexandria he was, when it was won / Quite often he had the board begun [sat at the head of the table] / Above all nations in Prussia […]
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