- Yarn is a strand of threads used for sewing, knitting or weaving, or a tale of almost unbelievable entertainment or adventure.
- An example of yarn is the material used for weaving a blanket.
- An example of a yarn is a tale about a great journey up a mountain.
Knitting needles tucked into balls of yarn.
yarn definition by Webster's New World
- any fiber, as wool, silk, flax, cotton, nylon, glass, etc., spun into strands for weaving, knitting, or making thread
- coarse fibers woven into strands for rope-making
- Informal a tale or story, esp. one that seems exaggerated or hard to believe
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English gearn, yarn, akin to German garn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form her-, intestine from source Classical Latin haru-spex, soothsayer, literally , intestine-seer, Classical Greek chordē
yarn definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A continuous strand of twisted threads of natural or synthetic material, such as wool or nylon, used in weaving or knitting.
- Informal A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an entertaining tale.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English gearn; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.
yarn - Phrases/Idioms
spin a yarn