- a seaport in NE Australia.
- a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
Origin of cairn
Related Words for cairnsceremony, tombstone, statue, remembrance, headstone, plaque, mausoleum, stone, tablet, masterpiece, slab, pillar, testament, shrine, tomb, tribute, gravestone, marker, stele, monolith
Examples from the Web for cairns
Historical Examples of cairns
There was not a trace of houses, or huts, or cairns visible.The Field of Ice
The doctor kept a sharp lookout for other cairns, but in vain.
Posted all along the platform with General Cairns in the most prominent place.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
The doctor looked carefully round for other cairns, but in vain.The English at the North Pole
By what name we call them, “towers,” or “cairns,” is indifferent to me.The Clyde Mystery
- a port in NE Australia, in Queensland. Pop: 98 981 (2001)
- 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.)).