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Definition of bairn

chiefly Scotland
: child

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Examples of bairn in a Sentence

at the Scottish festival there were traditional contests of strength and endurance, Celtic fiddlers, and groups of bairns performing Highland flings
Recent Examples on the Web Later, Marsali once again fails to read the room and talks to Ian about all of her bairns and the joys of a big family. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bairn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bairn

Middle English bern, barn, from Old English bearn & Old Norse barn; akin to Old High German barn child

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“Bairn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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