- a stretch of open, grass-covered land, especially one closely mowed, as near a house, on an estate, or in a park.
- Archaic. a glade.
Origin of lawn1
- a thin or sheer linen or cotton fabric, either plain or printed.
Origin of lawn2
Examples from the Web for lawn
In 2007, a Dorset man brought a lawn statute featuring a recognizable Egyptian headdress to an expert for evaluation.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance
The Daily Beast
October 24, 2014
A yellow hazardous material bin placed out on the lawn, just beyond some red tape reading “Danger Do Not Enter,” left no doubt.Dallas: A Journal of the Plague City
October 17, 2014
So say the Secret Service nabs him on the lawn, in plain sight of tourists with cameras.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right
September 25, 2014
Though it would mow your lawn at International Space Station orbital speed—17,000 mph.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 22, 2014
If you fertilized your lawn today, you have led a more productive life than Tori Spelling.Welcome to Showbiz Sharia Law
P. J. O’Rourke
May 4, 2014
"I wish you were entirely independent of Austin," said Viviette, walking with him up the lawn.Viviette
William J. Locke
There were tables under the trees on the lawn, and a new sign on the gate.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Catherine and Sidney remained on the lawn; the rest followed the host.
And such is life-love on the lawn and settlements in the parlour.
They were to dine on the lawn, in a large marquee, and to dance in the evening.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- a flat and usually level area of mown and cultivated grass
- an archaic or dialect word for glade
- a fine linen or cotton fabric, used for clothing
Word Origin and History for lawn
"turf, stretch of grass," 1540s, laune "glade, open space between woods," from Middle English launde (c.1300), from Old French lande "heath, moor, barren land; clearing" (12c.), from Gaulish (cf. Breton lann "heath"), or from its Germanic cognate, source of English land (n.). The -d perhaps mistaken for an affix and dropped. Sense of "grassy ground kept mowed" first recorded 1733.
"thin linen or cotton cloth," early 15c., probably from Laon, city in northern France, a center of linen manufacture. The town name is Old French Lan, from Latin Laudunum, of Celtic origin.