- 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
- a tale or story, esp. one that seems exaggerated or hard to believe
Origin of yarnMiddle 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 chord?
spin a yarn