[ tahrn ]
/ tɑrn /


a small mountain lake or pool, especially one in a cirque.


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Origin of tarn

1300–50; Middle English terne < Old Norse tjǫrn pond, pool

Definition for tarn (2 of 2)

[ tarn ]
/ tarn /


a department in S France. 2232 sq. mi. (5780 sq. km). Capital: Albi.
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British Dictionary definitions for tarn (1 of 2)

/ (tɑːn) /


a small mountain lake or pool

Word Origin for tarn

C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse tjörn pool

British Dictionary definitions for tarn (2 of 2)

/ (French tarn) /


a department of S France, in Midi-Pyrénées region. Capital: Albi. Pop: 350 477 (2003 est). Area: 5780 sq km (2254 sq miles)
a river in SW France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing generally west to the Garonne River. Length: 375 km (233 miles)
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Scientific definitions for tarn

[ tärn ]

A small mountain lake, especially one formed as a glacier melts, filling a cirque with water.
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