Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

barn

play
noun \ˈbärn\

Simple Definition of barn

  • : a building on a farm that is used for storing grain and hay and for housing farm animals or equipment

  • : a large building that is usually bare and plain

Full Definition of barn

  1. 1 a :  a usually large building for the storage of farm products or feed and usually for the housing of farm animals or farm equipment b :  an unusually large and usually bare building <a great barn of a hotel — W. A. White>

  2. 2 :  a large building for the housing of a fleet of vehicles (as trolley cars or trucks)

barn·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
barny play \ˈbär-nē\ adjective

Examples of barn

  1. They live in a big barn of a house.



Origin of barn

Middle English bern, from Old English bereærn, from bere barley + ærn house, store


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with barn


BARN Defined for Kids

barn

play
noun \ˈbärn\

Definition of barn

  1. :  a building used for storing grain and hay and for housing farm animals




Medical Dictionary

barn

play
noun \ˈbärn\

Medical Definition of barn

  1. :  a unit of area equal to 10−24 square centimeters that is used in nuclear physics for measuring cross section




Learn More about barn


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up barn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 100 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ