noun \ˈbärn\

: 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

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>
:  a large building for the housing of a fleet of vehicles (as trolley cars or trucks)
barn·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
barny \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


noun \ˈbärn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BARN

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Farm building used for sheltering animals, their feed and other supplies, farm machinery, and farm products. Barns are named according to their purpose (e.g., hog barns, dairy barns, tobacco barns, and tractor barns). The principal type in the U.S. is the general-purpose barn, used for housing livestock and for storing hay and grain. Most North American and European farms have one or more barns. They usually consist of two stories, though one-story barns gained in popularity in the late 20th century.


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