“Beurs” is a word that you will most likely come across in newspapers. Its common meaning is ‘stock exchange’ or ‘stock market’ but “beurs” has other meanings too.

 1. stock exchange, stock market [noun] [de beurs, de beurzen] [‘beurs’]

 Examples:

– “De beurs zakte gisteren tot haar diepste punt sinds 11 september 2001.” (“The stock market plunged to its lowest level since September 11, 2001.”)

 

– “De negatieve verwachtingen van de Amerikaanse economie zorgden voor paniek op de beurs.” (“Negative expectations of the US economy caused panic on the stock exchange.”)

– “Unilever is een beursgenoteerde onderneming.” (“Unilever is quoted on the stock exchange.”)

 Related words:

– “Beurskoers”: quotation, share price.

– “Beurskrach”: crash, slump.

 2. scholarship, grant [noun] [de beurs, de beurzen] [‘beurs’]

 Example:

– “Zij heeft een beurs gekregen voor Columbia University.” (“She has gained a scholarship for Columbia University.”)

 

3. wallet, purse [noun] [de beurs, de beurzen] [‘beurs’]

The related word “portemonnee” is a bit more common.

Example:

– “Mijn beurs is al twee keer door zakkenrollers gestolen.” (“My wallet has already been stolen twice by pickpockets.”)

Related word:

– “Portemonnee”: wallet.

4. fair, exhibition [noun] [de beurs, de beurzen] [‘beurs’]

Example:

– “In januari vond de Vakantiebeurs plaats in de Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.” (“The Vacation/Holiday/Travel Fair took place at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht in January.”)

5. overripe / mushy, black and blue [adjective] [‘beurs’]

Examples:

– “Na mijn eerste twee dagen snowboarden waren mijn billen helemaal beurs.” (“After my first two days snowboarding my behind was completely black and blue.”)

– “De bokser sloeg zijn tegenstander beurs / tot moes.” (“The boxer beat his opponent to pulp.”)

Source: DWOTD, whatsupwithamsterdam