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

Examples of barn in a Sentence

They live in a big barn of a house.

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Later that November on Thanksgiving Day, his patrol was ambushed and held up in a farmhouse barn., "Richard Mangan," 1 Sep. 2019 Kids presented their livestock in the Alaska State Fair barn during the 4H breeding competition on Thursday. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Livestock competition draws kids to the ring at the Alaska State Fair," 30 Aug. 2019 Kathy Fleming, who boards horses in a common barn at the clubhouse, hosted 11 neighbors for lunch last Thursday. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Beside a red-rock canyon in South Dakota, 5-acre-plus sites come with a huge component of wilderness preservation land," 29 Aug. 2019 That person told him to talk to the people sitting on horses in the livestock barns. Lee Rood, USA TODAY, "Man asked about cruelty to a pig at the Iowa State Fair. He was ejected for life," 21 Aug. 2019 This year, it was left to Higher Power, literally not figuratively, to win in only his fourth race in the Sadler barn. Los Angeles Times, "Trainer John Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis join efforts to help Higher Power win $1 million Pacific Classic," 17 Aug. 2019 All ilā ingredients, including Himalayan salts, Moringa oil, lavender, beeswax, and rose water, are sourced from local farmers and blended in the brand's barn in the Cotswolds. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Inside Ilapothecary, the Meghan Markle–Approved Spa Coming to New York," 16 Aug. 2019 The star in Mott’s barn was Tacitus, but Country House had earned a place in the Derby. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Country House’s Trainer Can’t Quite Embrace His Kentucky Derby Win," 9 Aug. 2019 Today, vintage Good Humor trucks can be found across the country, in operation by other nostalgia peddlers or waiting in dealers’ barns. Ron Hurtibise,, "With much Good Humor, vintage ice cream trucks serve nostalgia on a stick," 4 July 2019

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

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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
informal : 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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