Bairn meaning

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(scot.) A son or daughter; child.
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A child.
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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.

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(Scotland, and parts of Northern England) A child or baby.
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Origin of bairn

  • Middle English barn from Old English bearn bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English barn, bern, from Old English (Anglian dialect) bearn (“child, son, descendant, offspring, issue, prodigy”) and Old Norse barn (“child”), both from Proto-Germanic *barną (“child”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to bear, bring forth”). Cognate with West Frisian bern (“child”), North Frisian baern, born (“child”), Middle High German barn (“child, son, daughter”), Swedish, barn (“child”), Norwegian barn (“child”), Icelandic barn (“child”), Albanian barrë (“pregnancy, child”). See also barn.

    From Wiktionary