verb (used with object)
Origin of barn1
Definition for barn (2 of 2)
Origin of barn2
Examples from the Web for barn
He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation.
From the roof of the barn is a long loop of rope, through this the turkey is suspended by its legs.
There is an ancestral homestead, but it has a meth lab in the barn.
Every spring and fall, the chicken coop in the barn must be cleaned.
Also happy to get some fresh air (and a huge, aromatic cigar at a safe distance from the barn).
The south wind and the new-born calf at the barn begin to sigh.Remarks|Bill Nye
To drive him from his hiding-place, the barn was set on fire.The Greater Republic|Charles Morris
I remember my younger brother once ran across a skunk like this and he had to live in the barn for two days.The Go Ahead Boys in the Island Camp|Ross Kay
You must know that she had gnawed herself out of the case, which stood in the barn waiting to be unpacked.The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories|Carl Ewald
Just as the two officers neared the barn the door was seen to slide on its roller.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants|H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for barn (1 of 2)
Word Origin for barn
British Dictionary definitions for barn (2 of 2)
Word Origin for barn
Word Origin and History for barn
Old English bereærn "barn," literally "barley house," from bere "barley" (see barley) + aern "house," metathesized from *rann, *rasn (cf. Old Norse rann, Gothic razn "house," Old English rest "resting place;" sealtærn "saltworks").
Barley was not always the only crop grown as the data recovered at Bishopstone might suggest but it is always the most commonly represented, followed by wheat and then rye and oats. [C.J. Arnold, "An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms," 1988, p.36]
Another word for "barn" in Old English was beretun, "barley enclosure" (from tun "enclosure, house"), which accounts for the many Barton place names on the English map, and the common surname. Barn door used figuratively for "broad target" and "great size" since 1540s.
Idioms and Phrases with barn
see can't hit the broad side of a barn; lock the barn door after the horse is stolen.