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Kern

[kurn]
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noun
  1. Jerome (David),1885–1945, U.S. composer.
  2. a river in E California, in the Sierra Nevada, flowing S and SW to San Joaquin Valley. 155 miles (249 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for jerome kern

kern1

kerne

noun
  1. the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body
verb
  1. (tr) to furnish (a typeface) with a kern

Word Origin

C17: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge

kern2

noun
  1. a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
  2. a troop of such soldiers
  3. archaic a loutish peasant

Word Origin

C14: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle

kern3

noun
  1. engineering the central area of a wall, column, etc, through which all compressive forces pass

Word Origin

from German Kern core, heart

Kern

noun
  1. Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
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Word Origin and History for jerome kern

kern

n.

1680s, "part of a metal type projecting beyond the body," as the head of an -f- or the tail of a -j-, from French carne "projecting angle, quill of a pen," from Latin cardinem "hinge."

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