Origin of cairnScottish ; from Gaelic carn, an elevation ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ker-n-, highest part of the body, horn, hence tip, peak from source Classical Latin cornu, horn, extremity, summit
Origin of cairnMiddle English carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn, from Old Irish.
- A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument.
- Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn. -Campbell.
- A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, to guide travelers on land or at sea, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.
- A cairn terrier.