- a building for storing hay, grain, etc., and often for housing livestock.
- a very large garage for buses, trucks, etc.; carbarn.
- to store (hay, grain, etc.) in a barn.
Origin of barn1
Examples from the Web for barnlike
A big, barnlike structure had been erected which was called "the tabernacle."On the Firing Line in Education
Adoniram Judson Ladd
Its exhibits were simple, the buildings that housed them fantastic and barnlike.The Personality of American Cities
He took out his watch and looked at it, then his eye swept the broad row of trains in the gloomy, barnlike station.The Short Line War
Gwynette had not liked the room when she first arrived, as it was, she declared, too “barnlike” in its barrenness.Sisters
Grace May North
This is a long fur-edged garment, very warm and pleasant in winter when the castle is a barnlike place.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
- a large farm outbuilding, used chiefly for storing hay, grain, etc, but also for housing livestock
- US and Canadian a large shed for sheltering railroad cars, trucks, etc
- any large building, esp an unattractive one
- (modifier) relating to a system of poultry farming in which birds are allowed to move freely within a barnbarn eggs
- a unit of nuclear cross section equal to 10 – 28 square metreSymbol: b
Word Origin and History for barnlike
Old English bereærn "barn," literally "barley house," from bere "barley" (see barley) + aern "house," metathesized from *rann, *rasn (cf. Old Norse rann, Gothic razn "house," Old English rest "resting place;" sealtærn "saltworks").
Barley was not always the only crop grown as the data recovered at Bishopstone might suggest but it is always the most commonly represented, followed by wheat and then rye and oats. [C.J. Arnold, "An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms," 1988, p.36]
Another word for "barn" in Old English was beretun, "barley enclosure" (from tun "enclosure, house"), which accounts for the many Barton place names on the English map, and the common surname. Barn door used figuratively for "broad target" and "great size" since 1540s.