• Barn


    Origin 1

    Middle English bern, from Old English bereærn 'barn, granary', compound of bere 'barley' and ærn, ræn 'dwelling, barn', from Proto-Germanic *razną (cf. Old High German erin, Old Norse rann), from pre-Germanic *h₁rh̥₁-s-nó-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁erh₁- 'to rest'. More at rest and barley.



    (plural barns)
    1. (agriculture) A building, often found on a farm, used for storage or keeping animals such as cattle.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, Mr. Pratt's Patients Chapter 11, One day I was out in the barn and he drifted in. I was currying the horse and he set down on the wheelbarrow and begun to ask questions.
    2. (nuclear physics) A unit of surface area equal to 10
    -28 square metres.
    1. (informal, Canada, ice hockey) An arena.
      Maple Leaf Gardens was a grand old barn.

    Full definition of barn


    1. (transitive) To lay up in a barn.
      • ShakespeareMen ... often barn up the chaff, and burn up the grain.

    Origin 2

    From Middle English barn, bern, from Old English bearn ("child, son, offspring, prodigy") and Old Norse barn ("child"). More at bairn.



    (plural barns)
    1. (dialect, parts of Northern England) A child.



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