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
Mr. Carn talks of bleeding if she does not recover quickly, but she is positively resolved not to submit to that.The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) | Florence A. Thomas Marshall
Not until the granite pillar of the distant Gulf Rock opened up beyond Carn du was it necessary to turn the boat's head seawards.The Pillar of Light | Louis Tracy
So this is what they lost by death at the Hostel, a man for every stone that is (now) in Carn Lecca.
The present meaning of the root Carn- is March, just as it is in U-krain.Opuscula | Robert Gordon Latham
He peered over the edge of the Carn, scanning the water, a hundred feet below him, for the rock which Abe had described.Major Vigoureux | A. T. Quiller-Couch
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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