[ kairn ]
See synonyms for cairn on
  1. a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.

Origin of cairn

First recorded in 1525–35; earlier carn, from Scots Gaelic: “pile of stones”; perhaps akin to horn
  • Also carn [kahrn] /kɑrn/ .

Other words from cairn

  • cairned, adjective
  • cairny, adjective

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

How to use cairn in a sentence

  • My experience was such by this time that I saw at a glance this cairn was not the work of a native.

  • We can go no further till we find an unrifled cairn burial answering to Homeric descriptions.

    Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for cairn


/ (kɛən) /

  1. a mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker

  2. Also called: cairn terrier a small rough-haired breed of terrier originally from Scotland

Origin of cairn

C15: from Gaelic carn

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