[ kurn; Scot. kirn ]
/ kɜrn; Scot. kɪrn /
Scot. and North England

verb (used with or without object)

to churn.


a churn.


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Also kern.

Origin of kirn

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

Definition for kirn (2 of 2)

[ kurn; Scot. kirn ]
/ kɜrn; Scot. kɪrn /

noun Scot. and North England.

a harvest celebration; a feast or party celebrating a successful harvest.
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

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to corn1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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