Yarn definition

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(uncountable) A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.
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(nautical) Bundles of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope.
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Yarn is a strand of threads used for sewing, knitting or weaving, or a tale of almost unbelievable entertainment or adventure.

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.

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A continuous strand of twisted threads of natural or synthetic fibers, such as wool or nylon, used in weaving or knitting.
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Any fiber, as wool, silk, flax, cotton, nylon, glass, etc., spun into strands for weaving, knitting, or making thread.
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(informal) A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an entertaining tale.
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To tell a story.
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A similar strand of other materials such as glass or plastic.
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(countable) A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.
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To tell an entertaining tale or series of tales.
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A tale or story, esp. one that seems exaggerated or hard to believe.
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(informal, former) To tell yarns.
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Coarse fibers woven into strands for rope-making.
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spin a yarn
  • to tell a yarn
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
yarn
Plural:
yarns

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 *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer- (“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 χορδή (chordḗ, “string"), Sanskrit हिर (hira, “band"). Cf. also the obsolete doublet garn.

    From Wiktionary