barleycorn

noun
bar·​ley·​corn | \ ˈbär-lē-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce barleycorn (audio) \

Definition of barleycorn

1 : a grain of barley
2 : an old unit of length equal to a third of an inch

First Known Use of barleycorn

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about barleycorn

Time Traveler for barleycorn

Time Traveler

The first known use of barleycorn was in 1500

See more words from the same year

Statistics for barleycorn

Cite this Entry

“Barleycorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barleycorn. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on barleycorn

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with barleycorn

Comments on barleycorn

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

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!