• synonyms


or ern

[ urn ]
/ ɜrn /


sea eagle.

Nearby words

ermine moth, ermite, ermoupoli, erna, ernakulam, erne, ernest, ernestine, ernie, ernst, ernst, max

Origin of erne

before 1000; Middle English ern, arn, Old English earn; cognate with Old High German arn (German Aar), Middle Low German arn(e); akin to Lithuanian erẽlis eagle, Greek órnīs bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for erns (1 of 2)



/ (ɜːn) /


another name for the (European) sea eagle

Word Origin for erne

Old English earn; related to Old Norse örn eagle, Old High German aro eagle, Greek ornis bird

British Dictionary definitions for erns (2 of 2)


/ (ɜːn) /


a river in N central Republic of Ireland, rising in County Cavan and flowing north across the border, through Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne and then west to Donegal Bay. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)
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Word Origin and History for erns



"sea eagle," from Old English earn "eagle," a common Germanic word (cf. Old High German arn, German Aar, Middle Dutch arent, Old Norse örn, Gothic ara "eagle"), from PIE root *or- "great bird, eagle" (cf. Greek ornis "bird," Old Church Slavonic orilu, Lithuanian erelis, Welsh eryr "eagle"). The Germanic word also survives in the first element of old Germanic names such as Arnold and Arthur.

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