- 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 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 barning
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 barning
see can't hit the broad side of a barn; lock the barn door after the horse is stolen.