bairn

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noun \ˈbern\

Definition of bairn

chiefly Scotland

  1. :  child

Examples of bairn in a Sentence

  1. at the Scottish festival there were traditional contests of strength and endurance, Celtic fiddlers, and groups of bairns performing Highland flings

Origin and Etymology of bairn

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



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