noun \ˈyärn\

: a long, thin piece of cotton, wool, etc., that is thicker than thread and that is used for knitting and weaving

: an exciting or interesting story; especially : a story that is so surprising or unusual that it is difficult to believe

Full Definition of YARN

a :  a continuous often plied strand composed of either natural or man-made fibers or filaments and used in weaving and knitting to form cloth
b :  a similar strand of another material (as metal, glass, or plastic)
:  a narrative of adventures; especially :  a tall tale <a roaring good yarn>

Examples of YARN

  1. The sheep's wool will be spun into yarn.
  2. yarns about ghosts and goblins
  3. a storyteller who spins yarns that will keep any audience riveted

Origin of YARN

Middle English, from Old English gearn; akin to Old High German garn yarn, Greek chordē string, Latin hernia rupture, Sanskrit hira band
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile

Rhymes with YARN



Definition of YARN

intransitive verb
:  to tell a yarn
yarn·er noun

First Known Use of YARN

YARN Defined for Kids


noun \ˈyärn\

Definition of YARN for Kids

:  a natural or manufactured fiber (as of cotton, wool, or rayon) formed as a continuous thread for use in knitting or weaving
:  an interesting or exciting story <Grandpa said, “How about a story? Spin us a yarn.” — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>
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