Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

kern

noun \ˈkərn, ˈkern\

Definition of kern

  1. 1 :  a light-armed foot soldier of medieval Ireland or Scotland

  2. 2 :  yokel



Variants of kern

or kerne play \ˈkərn, ˈkern\

Origin of kern

Middle English kerne, from Middle Irish cethern band of soldiers


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with kern


2

kern

play
noun \ˈkərn\

Definition of kern

  1. :  a part of a typeset letter that projects beyond its side bearings



Origin of kern

French carne corner, from French dialect, from Latin cardin-, cardo hinge


First Known Use: 1683


Kern

play
biographical name \ˈkərn\

Definition of Kern

  1. Jerome David 1885–1945 Am. composer




Kern

play
geographical name \ˈkərn\

Definition of Kern

  1. river 150 miles (241 kilometers) S cen California flowing SW into a reservoir




Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt oily maudlin angry
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ