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[bahyuh r]
noun British.
  1. a cow shed.
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Origin of byre

before 800; Middle English, Old English: barn, shed, variant of būr hut. See bower1
Can be confusedbuyer byre pyre
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Historical Examples of byre

  • When she had done that, she went into the byre, and there sat the goody milking.

    Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)


  • He had to clean a byre, or cow-shed, which had not been cleaned for seven years.

  • He looked at the byre, and then he rubbed his eyes; and then he looked at the byre again, for, lo!

  • As they ate, the golden pigeon said: “Do you remember how I cleaned the byre?”

  • Farmhouses would be burned, stack-yard and byre made desolate.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for byre


  1. British a shelter for cows
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Word Origin for byre

Old English bӯre; related to būr hut, cottage; see bower 1
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Word Origin and History for byre


"cow-shed," Old English byre, perhaps related to bur "cottage, dwelling, house" (see bower).

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