I. adjective relating to or characteristic of the Swiss capital or canton of Berne or its inhabitants • a large series of portraits from the Bernese region.
II. noun 1. (as plural noun the Bernese) — the people of the Swiss capital or canton of Berne • the Bernese were proud of their victory over a distinguished mercenary captain.
2. short for Bernese mountain dog: • the Bernese’s beautiful coat needs only daily brushing to keep it in good condition.