barn swallow

  1. a common swallow, Hirundo rustica, of North America and Eurasia, that nests in barns and similar buildings.

Origin of barn swallow

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90

Words Nearby barn swallow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use barn swallow in a sentence

  • They liked the barn swallow who flew through the air, almost as if he were so happy that he danced as he flew.

    Seven O'Clock Stories | Robert Gordon Anderson
  • They climbed a ladder and found the barn-swallow's nest plastered under the eaves of the barn.

    Seven O'Clock Stories | Robert Gordon Anderson
  • In Sweden she builds in barns, and is called ladu swala, the barn swallow.

  • Easily distinguished from the barn swallow by the square tail and light buffy forehead and rump.

    Bird Guide: Land Birds East of the Rockies | Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed
  • The eggs of the barn swallow and cliff swallow are more or less speckled.

    Riverby | John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for barn swallow

barn swallow

  1. the US and Canadian name for the common swallow, Hirundo rustica: See swallow 2

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