- a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
Origin of cairn
Related Words for cairnceremony, tombstone, statue, remembrance, headstone, plaque, mausoleum, stone, tablet, masterpiece, slab, pillar, testament, shrine, tomb, tribute, gravestone, marker, stele, monolith
Examples from the Web for cairn
Historical Examples of cairn
Clawbonny and Bell walked to the cairn with picks in their hands.
Clawbonny and Bell, armed with their pickaxes made for the cairn.The English at the North Pole
He would begin to-morrow with the cairn for the rock-plants.Deerbrook
In a cairn on the point Fitzjames placed a brief record, and that is all.
The remainder pushed on to Cape Herschel, and left a record in a cairn.
- a mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker
- Also called: cairn terrier a small rough-haired breed of terrier originally from Scotland
Word Origin for cairn
1530s, from Scottish carne, from Gaelic carn "heap of stones, rocky hill," akin to Gaulish karnon "horn," from PIE root *ker-n- "highest part of the body, horn," thus "tip, peak" (see horn (n.)).