[ kairn ]
/ kɛərn /


a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
Also carn.

Origin of cairn

1525–35; earlier carn < Scots Gaelic: pile of stones; perhaps akin to horn

Related forms

cairned, adjectivecairn·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cairn


/ (kɛən) /


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

C15: from Gaelic carn
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