\ ˈbärn How to pronounce barn (audio) \

Definition of barn

1a : a usually large building for the storage of farm products or feed and usually for the housing of farm animals or farm equipment
b : an unusually large and usually bare building a great barn of a hotel— W. A. White
2 : a large building for the housing of a fleet of vehicles (such as trolley cars or trucks)

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Other Words from barn

barnlike \ ˈbärn-​ˌlīk How to pronounce barn (audio) \ adjective
barny \ ˈbär-​nē How to pronounce barn (audio) \ adjective

Examples of barn in a Sentence

They live in a big barn of a house.
Recent Examples on the Web There are plans to transform a barn into a music performance center, just one item on Hendrix’s lengthy to-do list. Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Oct. 2021 Similarly, someone who sets a house or barn on fire knowing that there are animals inside could face animal cruelty charges for acting maliciously. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Oct. 2021 Across the property and closer to the woods is a large, barn-like structure with two studios that open to the outside with garage doors. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 In response to Baffert’s suspensions, Walden removed Country Grammer from Baffert’s barn to that of Todd Pletcher following the 4-year-old’s victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup. Tim Sullivan, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 The deal includes 7 acres, 4 pre-1900 built general stores, the original stock barn and frontage along Leiper’s Creek. Leada Gore |, al, 19 Oct. 2021 There’s a barn on his property in Alabama where Tuberville keeps most of his mementos along with a seemingly endless inventory of furniture, paintings and home decor accumulated over years of moving on. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 In case of severe weather, some of the vendors may move into the barn. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 19 Oct. 2021 The rustic-looking garage is wood-clad with a barn-like, old West feel. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of barn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for barn

Middle English bern, from Old English bereærn, from bere barley + ærn house, store

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“Barn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of barn

: a building on a farm that is used for storing grain and hay and for housing farm animals or equipment
: a large building that is usually bare and plain


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Kids Definition of barn

: a building used for storing grain and hay and for housing farm animals


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Medical Definition of barn

: a unit of area equal to 10−24 square centimeters that is used in nuclear physics for measuring cross section

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