kern definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French carne, projecting angle, hinge ; from dialect, dialectal form of Old French charne, a hinge, corner, edge ; from Classical Latin cardo (gen. cardinis), a hinge: see cardinal
- Archaic a medieval Irish or Scottish foot soldier armed with light weapons
- an Irish peasant
Origin: Middle English kerne ; from Old Irish ceitern, band of soldiers, soldier; akin to Gaelic ceathairne, common people
kern definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A medieval Scottish or Irish foot soldier.
- A loutish person.
Origin: Middle English kerne, from Middle Irish ceithern, ceithernn, band of soldiers, from Old Irish.
- To provide (type) with a kern.
- To adjust space between (characters) in typeset text.
Origin: French carne, corner, from Old North French, from Latin cardō, cardin-, hinge.
, Jerome David 1885-1945.