: a usually large building for the storage of farm products or feed and usually for the housing of farm animals or farm equipment
: an unusually large and usually bare building
a great barn of a hotelW. A. White
: a large building for the housing of a fleet of vehicles (such as trolley cars or trucks)
barnlike adjective
barny adjective

Examples of barn in a Sentence

They live in a big barn of a house.
Recent Examples on the Web On June 3, the 8-year-old Lipizzaner horse, Valcour, was standing in a barn at Linebrook Farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts, when suddenly, his hind legs fell through the stall floor. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 Party headquarters is a 1,420-square-foot rustic modern barn that was restored and remodeled with an expansive entertainment space downstairs. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 1 June 2024 The well is next to the farm’s barn and only about 100 yards from the landowners’ house. Delger Erdenesanaa, New York Times, 24 May 2024 The standards mean the pig farmers need to add to their barns in order to give the animals more space. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for barn 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Barn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barn. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

Medical Definition


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

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