tarn

[ tahrn ]
/ tɑrn /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. tarlatan,
  2. tarlton,
  3. tarlton, richard,
  4. tarmac,
  5. tarmacadam,
  6. tarn-et-garonne,
  7. tarnal,
  8. tarnation,
  9. tarne,
  10. tarnish

Origin of tarn

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

Tarn

[ tarn ]
/ tarn /

noun

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

tarn

/ (tɑːn) /

noun

a small mountain lake or pool

Word Origin for tarn

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

Tarn

/ (French tarn) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for tarn

tarn

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for tarn

tarn

[ tärn ]

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