kern

3

or kerne

[ kurn ]
/ kɜrn /

noun Archaic.

a band of lightly armed foot soldiers of ancient Ireland.
(in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) a soldier.
an Irish peasant, especially a crude or boorish one.

Origin of kern

3
1325–75; Middle English kerne < Irish ceithern band of foot soldiers; cf. cateran
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British Dictionary definitions for kerne (1 of 4)

kern1

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 kerne (2 of 4)

kern2
/ (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 kerne (3 of 4)

kern3
/ (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 kerne (4 of 4)

Kern
/ (kɜːn) /

noun

Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
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