- 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 lawny
Just below, at Eagle Falls, it drops over its precipice in a lawny cascade.The Blue-Grass Region of Kentucky
James Lane Allen
So, upon a magnificent tableau, slowly falls the lawny curtain.The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
The passage was very narrow, but 39 lightsome, for a door was open at the end, peeping into a lawny kind of yard.Charles Auchester, Volume 1 of 2
- 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 lawny
"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.