Origin of barren
Synonyms for barren
Antonyms for barren
Examples from the Web for barrens
Historical Examples of barrens
There was no alternative now but to cross the barrens to Whale River on foot.The Long Labrador Trail
The ground we select is among the “barrens” before described.The Western World
T' this the lad was listenin' like a caribou o' the barrens scentin' peril.Harbor Tales Down North
There were only two settlements in The Barrens, and depots were to be erected there.
Just half way across The Barrens he has a house, which he calls ‘headquarters.’
Word Origin for barren
c.1200, from Old French baraigne, baraing "sterile, barren" (12c.), perhaps originally brahain, of obscure derivation, perhaps from a Germanic language. In England, originally used of women, of land in France. Of land in English from late 14c. As a noun, mid-13c., "a barren woman;" later of land.
BARRENS. Elevated lands, or plains upon which grow small trees, but never timber. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]