cairn

[ kairn ]
/ kɛərn /

noun

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

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Also carn [kahrn] /kɑrn/ .

Origin of cairn

First recorded in 1525–35; earlier carn, from Scots Gaelic: “pile of stones”; perhaps akin to horn

OTHER WORDS FROM cairn

cairned, adjectivecairny, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cairn

cairn
/ (kɛən) /

noun

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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