bank barn


noun Chiefly Midland U.S. and Canadian (chiefly Ontario ).

a barn built into the side of a hill or with earth banked around it, often a two-story barn thus having a ground-level entrance for each story.

Nearby words

  1. bank,
  2. bank acceptance,
  3. bank account,
  4. bank annuities,
  5. bank balance,
  6. bank bill,
  7. bank box,
  8. bank card,
  9. bank check,
  10. bank clerk

Origin of bank barn

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bank barn

  • And if all goes 185 well, I want a bank-barn, the same as they have in the East, with cement flooring and modern stalling.

    The Prairie Mother|Arthur Stringer
  • The building of a bank-barn was a watershed in farm chronology.

    The Doctor|Ralph Connor