[ bahyuhr ]

  1. a cow shed.

Origin of byre

before 800; Middle English, Old English: barn, shed, variant of būr hut. See bower1

Words that may be confused with byre

Words Nearby byre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use byre in a sentence

  • My sister and I lived nearly three weeks in a cow-byre, never daring, of course, to approach even the door.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • There was not a barn or byre in the district that had not its horseshoe over the door.

    Auld Licht Idylls | J. M. Barrie
  • Every day I kill a bullock and every day my byre-maid fills a vessel of milk to mix with my mortar.

  • Flann looked back and saw her seated on a stone, and he thought the byre-Maid looked lonesome.

  • The Giant's herd was now increased by many calves, and Morag the byre-maid had much to do to keep all the cows milked.

British Dictionary definitions for byre


/ (baɪə) /

  1. British a shelter for cows

Origin of byre

Old English bӯre; related to būr hut, cottage; see bower 1

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