Barn Definition

bärn
barns
noun
barns
A farm building for sheltering harvested crops, livestock, machines, etc.
Webster's New World
A large shed for the housing of vehicles, such as railroad cars.
American Heritage
A large building for streetcars, trucks, etc.
Webster's New World
A unit of area used to show the degree of probability that a nuclear reaction will occur: 1 barn = a magnitude of 10-24 sq cm per nucleus: abbrev. b.
Webster's New World

(informal, Canada, ice hockey) An arena.

Maple Leaf Gardens was a grand old barn.
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verb
To lay up in a barn.
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Other Word Forms of Barn

Noun

Singular:
barn
Plural:
barns

Origin of Barn

  • Middle English bern, from Old English bereærn 'barn, granary', compound of bere 'barley' and ærn, ræn 'dwelling, barn', from Proto-Germanic *razną (cf. Old High German erin, Old Norse rann), from pre-Germanic -, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁erh₁- 'to rest'. More at rest and barley.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English barn, bern, from Old English bearn (“child, son, offspring, prodigy”) and Old Norse barn (“child”). More at bairn.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bern from Old English berærn bere barley bhares- in Indo-European roots ærn house

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

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