\ˈbärn \

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 \ adjective
barny \ˈbär-​nē \ adjective

Examples of barn in a Sentence

They live in a big barn of a house.

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An old barn and a waving American flag are stamped on the back of a puffer, for instance, and there’s a pair of jeans printed with a bright, clear-blue sky and a cowboy riding through a Midwestern plain. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Calvin Klein Jeans Est. 1978 Is Raf Simons’s Latest Addition to the Brand—And Prices Start at Just $60," 13 July 2018 Produced here by Maureen Rogers and directed by first-time Playhouse director Daniel Johnston, the comedy unfurls at a struggling New England summer theater performing in a 200-year old barn. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Laurel Mill Playhouse presents 'Laughing Stock'," 6 July 2018 Heading east on Main Street will take you to Wildrose Brewing Company, located in an old pole barn where the space under a large awning functions as a spacious patio with picnic tables. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Take a chill ride to northwest Indiana—and its two-dozen breweries," 22 June 2018 Sellers range from folks looking to make a little cash on their rundown, hundred-year-old barns to more sophisticated dealers with lots of inventory. Katherine Lagomarsino, Country Living, "The 6 Best Places to Find and Buy Reclaimed Wood, According to Experts," 13 June 2018 So does the collection of classic sports cars in an adjacent barn. Bruce Schoenfeld, WIRED, "Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It," 30 May 2018 The Circle J&B Ranch has an equestrian barn with 10 stalls, 2 tack rooms, medicine room and feed storage. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This ranch will make you fall in love with west Texas, and it's for sale," 29 May 2018 The breathless old barn clearly had installed itself in their heads. Charles P. Pierce,, "Larry Bird, Wayne Gretzky and My Favorite Day as a Sportswriter," 22 May 2018 At one of Recovery Connections’ outposts near Raleigh, an entire barn is crammed with animals, according to participants. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "Drug users got exploited. Disabled patients got hurt. One woman benefited from it all. | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018

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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

: 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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