- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English bearn ; from Old English ; from beran, bear
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Origin: Middle English barn, from Old English bearn; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.