Cairn definition

kârn
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A conical heap of stones built as a monument or landmark.
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A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument.

Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn. -Campbell.

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A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, to guide travelers on land or at sea, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.
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A cairn terrier.
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A mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cairn
Plural:
cairns

Origin of cairn

  • Middle English carne from Scottish Gaelic carn from Old Irish

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

  • From Scots cairn, from Scottish Gaelic carn (“heap of stones”); compare Old Irish carn, Welsh carn, probably from a Proto-Celtic word meaning ‘horn’.

    From Wiktionary