- The definition of bairn is the Scottish term for a child.
An example of a bairn is a reference in a book when a Scottish character says they “have a dozen bairns,” which means a dozen children.
A young bairn, or child, running.
bairn definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English bearn ; from Old English ; from beran, bear
bairn definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English barn, from Old English bearn; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.