- (in rural areas) a party, usually providing food, drink, etc., for the purpose of assisting a neighbor to put up a new barn.
Origin of barn raising
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for barn raising
Doc, you wouldnt last as long as a pint of whiskey at a barn-raising.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
It's all about the barn-raising after we got home to the ranch.A Man in the Open
One of the settlers has to-day a "barn-raising frolic," and thither they are bound.
On the day of Olaf Ericson's barn-raising, his wife, for once in a way, rose early.The Troll Garden and Selected Stories
Five years from spring, other Amish folk would come to homestead—what a barn-raising they'd have!Blind Man's Lantern
Allen Kim Lang