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Definition of bairn

chiefly Scotland
: child

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bairn


bambino, bud, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, sprat, sprout, squirt, whelp, youngling, youngster, youth


adult, grown-up

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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

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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The first known use of bairn was before the 12th century

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