- a building for storing hay, grain, etc., and often for housing livestock.
- a very large garage for buses, trucks, etc.; carbarn.
- to store (hay, grain, etc.) in a barn.
Origin of barn1
- a unit of nuclear cross section, equal to 10−24 square centimeter. Abbreviation: b
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.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
From the roof of the barn is a long loop of rope, through this the turkey is suspended by its legs.Confessions of a Turkey Killer
November 26, 2014
There is an ancestral homestead, but it has a meth lab in the barn.Book Bag: Gritty Stories From the Real Montana
Carrie La Seur
October 2, 2014
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).
Then it's better to take him out back of the barn and shoot him, by Gad!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And Will smiled back his gratification as they started for the barn.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
"I'll do all I can," K. promised, and followed the path to the barn.
Lights blazed in every window; a dozen automobiles were parked before the barn.
When, five minutes later, she beckoned him from the door of the barn, her eyes were red.
- a large farm outbuilding, used chiefly for storing hay, grain, etc, but also for housing livestock
- US and Canadian a large shed for sheltering railroad cars, trucks, etc
- any large building, esp an unattractive one
- (modifier) relating to a system of poultry farming in which birds are allowed to move freely within a barnbarn eggs
- a unit of nuclear cross section equal to 10 – 28 square metreSymbol: b
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.