a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
- Also carn [kahrn] /kɑrn/ .
- cairned, adjective
- cairny, adjective
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How to use cairn in a sentence
Stumbling upon a cairn or a beautiful arrangement of leaves could bring a little burst of magic to someone’s day, and I’ve often smiled when I come upon similar projects myself.The Ethics of Leaving Public Art in Outdoor Spaces | awise | January 2, 2022 | Outside Online
In your exhilaration, you grab a stone and drop it on the nearest cairn as if to say, I was here!
On his left hand and behind him lay the rich belt of woodland that marked the courses of the rivers Cluden and cairn.Hunted and Harried | R.M. Ballantyne
His Grace sent Castalia a beautiful wedding present: a cairn-gorm, set in solid silver.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
And now, behold, I break open the piled stones of your cairn, and I let in the noon between your ribs.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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