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.
- To tell a yarn.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of yarn
- Middle English from Old English gearn gherə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English yarn, from the Old English Ä¡earn (“yarn, spun wool"), from Proto-Germanic *garnÄ… (“yarn"), from Proto-Indo-European *ÇµÊ°orn-, *ÇµÊ°er- (“tharm, guts, intestines"). Akin to West Frisian jern, Dutch garen (“yarn"), German Garn (“yarn"), Danish garn, Swedish garn (“yarn, thread"), Icelandic garn (“yarn"), Latin hernia (“rupture"), Ancient Greek Ï‡Î¿ÏÎ´Î® (chordá¸—, “string"), Sanskrit à¤¹à¤¿à¤° (hira, “band"). Cf. also the obsolete doublet garn.