[ bairn; Scot. beyrn ]
/ bɛərn; Scot. beɪrn /

noun Scot. and North England.

a child; son or daughter.

Origin of bairn

before 900; Middle English bern, barn, Old English bearn; cognate with Gothic, Old Norse, Old High German, Old Saxon, barn, Old Frisian bern, Middle Dutch baren, Albanian me barrë pregnant; akin to Lithuanian bérnas boy, fellow, bear1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bairn

/ (bɛən, Scottish bern) /


Scot and Northern English a child

Word Origin for bairn

Old English bearn; related to bearm lap, Old Norse, Old High German barn child
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