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noun Newfoundland.
  1. a rocky stretch of foreshore on which caught fish are laid out to dry.
  2. a patch of grassland or meadow near a dwelling.
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Origin of bawn

1530–40; Hiberno-English < Irish bábhún (earlier spelling badhbhdhún, badhún) enclosure, perhaps equivalent to ba, plural of cow + dún fort; see cow1, town
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Examples from the Web for bawn

Historical Examples

  • Nine was bawn befo' surrender an' two after we was set free.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States


  • Sho's you bawn, he's went a Injun-huntin' wid my frien' Cap'n Kenton.


    Morrison Heady

  • But elsewhere there is none, not in the bawn, or in the towers, or anywhere else but just here.'

    Tales of Our Coast

    S. R. Crockett

  • “Nay, never was such a sight seen,” Bawn took up the strain.

    Love of Life

    Jack London

  • I'd give the full of the bawn of such fillies, if I had them, for this handsome princess.