- a small mountain lake or pool, especially one in a cirque.
Origin of tarn
- a department in S France. 2232 sq. mi. (5780 sq. km). Capital: Albi.
Related Words for tarnpool, pond, basin, lagoon, reservoir, tank, lake, bath, puddle, supply, stockpile, storage, source, container, cistern, reserve, creek, spring, sluice, mouth
Examples from the Web for tarn
Historical Examples of tarn
St. nimie is not once mentioned, and nothing is said about the gorges of the Tarn.
The Causse Noir from the Tarn is a sight not soon forgotten.
They are as safe in their tarn as those enchanted fish of the “Arabian Nights.”
One evening in August, a warm, still evening, I happened to visit the tarn.
They walked quietly on till the tarn was left some way behind.Feats on the Fiord
- a small mountain lake or pool
Word Origin for 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)
Word Origin and History for tarn
mid-13c., from Old Norse tjorn "small mountain lake without tributaries," from Proto-Germanic *terno, perhaps originally "water hole." A dialectal word popularized by the Lake poets.
- A small mountain lake, especially one formed as a glacier melts, filling a cirque with water.