Simple Definition of cairn
: a pile of stones that marks a place (such as the place where someone is buried or a battle took place) or that shows the direction of a trail
Full Definition of cairn
: a heap of stones piled up as a memorial or as a landmark
Origin of cairn
Middle English (Scots) carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn; akin to Old Irish & Welsh carn cairn
First Known Use: 15th century
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