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Kern

[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /

noun

Jerome (David),1885–1945, U.S. composer.
a river in E California, in the Sierra Nevada, flowing S and SW to San Joaquin Valley. 155 miles (249 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for jerome kern (1 of 4)

kern

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kerne

/ (kɜːn) /

noun

the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body

verb

(tr) to furnish (a typeface) with a kern

Word Origin for kern

C17: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge

British Dictionary definitions for jerome kern (2 of 4)

kern

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/ (kɜːn) /

noun

a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
a troop of such soldiers
archaic a loutish peasant

Word Origin for kern

C14: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle

British Dictionary definitions for jerome kern (3 of 4)

kern

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/ (kɜːn) /

noun

engineering the central area of a wall, column, etc, through which all compressive forces pass

Word Origin for kern

from German Kern core, heart

British Dictionary definitions for jerome kern (4 of 4)

Kern

/ (kɜːn) /

noun

Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
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Word Origin and History for jerome kern

kern


n.

1680s, "part of a metal type projecting beyond the body," as the head of an -f- or the tail of a -j-, from French carne "projecting angle, quill of a pen," from Latin cardinem "hinge."

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