[ tahrn ]
/ tɑrn /


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

Origin of tarn

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English terne, tarne, from Old Norse tjǫrn “pond, pool.” Tarn was originally restricted to northern English dialects (where the Danes settled) or in written works about northern England. Tarn entered mainstream English in the works of the Lake Poets

Definition for tarn (2 of 2)

[ tarn ]
/ tarn /


a department in S France. 2,232 sq. mi. (5,780 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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