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Cairns

[kairnz] /kɛərnz/
noun
1.
a seaport in NE Australia.

cairn

[kairn] /kɛərn/
noun
1.
a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
Also, carn.
Origin of cairn
1525-1535
1525-35; earlier carn < Scots Gaelic: pile of stones; perhaps akin to horn
Related forms
cairned, adjective
cairny, adjective
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  • There was not a trace of houses, or huts, or Cairns visible.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • The doctor kept a sharp lookout for other Cairns, but in vain.

  • Posted all along the platform with General Cairns in the most prominent place.

  • The doctor looked carefully round for other Cairns, but in vain.

  • By what name we call them, “towers,” or “Cairns,” is indifferent to me.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • Cairns Castle is now falling into decay, and its light no longer exists.

  • Here they found the last of the Cairns, and the answer to their construction.

    The Marooner Charles A. Stearns
  • Maitland, in his History of Edinburgh, p. 307, calls these Cairns the "Cat-heaps."

  • Here, however, Cairns found himself opposed to his employer.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • However, after prolonged negotiations, he accepted Cairns on the latter's own terms.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for Cairns

Cairns

/kænz; kɛənz/
noun
1.
a port in NE Australia, in Queensland. Pop: 98 981 (2001)

cairn

/kɛən/
noun
1.
a mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker
2.
Also called cairn terrier. a small rough-haired breed of terrier originally from Scotland
Word Origin
C15: from Gaelic carn
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Word Origin and History for Cairns

cairn

n.

1530s, from Scottish carne, from Gaelic carn "heap of stones, rocky hill," akin to Gaulish karnon "horn," from PIE root *ker-n- "highest part of the body, horn," thus "tip, peak" (see horn (n.)).

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