kirn

1
[kurn; Scot. kirn]Scot. and North England
noun
  1. a churn.
Also kern.

Origin of kirn

1
1300–50; Middle English kirne (noun) < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kirnuaskr a churn; cognate with churn

kirn

2
[kurn; Scot. kirn]
noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a harvest celebration; a feast or party celebrating a successful harvest.
  2. the harvesting of the last handful of corn, noting either the end of the harvest season or the winning of a race against other reapers.Compare kemp1(def 2).
Also kern, kurn.

Origin of kirn

2
First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to corn1
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Contemporary Examples of kirn

  • In Lost in the Meritocracy, Kirn charts how the economics of privilege taunt him at every turn in Princeton.

  • Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford on a scholarship from the Keasby Foundation.

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    George Clooney Saved My Novel

    Walter Kirn

    December 9, 2009

  • Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford on a scholarship from the Keasbey Foundation.

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    The Night I Joined the Upper Class

    Walter Kirn

    May 19, 2009

  • Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford University on a scholarship from the Keasbey Foundation.

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    How I Lost My Mind at Princeton

    Walter Kirn

    May 19, 2009

Historical Examples of kirn