\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Adding to the carnival atmosphere is a makeshift photo booth set up in the barn, featuring hay bales, a tractor and a Trump/Pence sign. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Live: President Trump and Joe Biden square off in first presidential debate," 29 Sep. 2020 At her place, while Toby put the dogs in the barn, Manard went into the house and took two pistols. Michael J. Mooney, The Atlantic, "The Dog-Crate Prison Break," 14 Sep. 2020 In the barn, by the way, is the beautiful handmade quilt featuring photos of all the schools prior to this year made by Karen Spirakus. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Clever drive-thru idea has added benefit: Whit & Whimsey," 11 Sep. 2020 Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes fractured his wrist in the process and underwent surgery that evening but was in the barn Sunday morning before heading back to California. Gary B. Graves, Houston Chronicle, "Kentucky Derby winner Authentic's future could include rematch against Tiz the Law," 6 Sep. 2020 However, as a decorative feature for a barn or a cupola or a chimney, many people find weathervanes to be charming and nostalgic. Michael Pollick,, "The best weathervane," 19 Sep. 2020 The old barn and pastoral landscape at the Top-o'-the-World Area, located in Greater Akron, add charm to the fall color. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland overlooks provide miles of colorful fall foliage," 17 Sep. 2020 Another landscaping firm, GRG Playscapes, which makes natural outdoor play areas, is moving from the Leeds Place property to a renovated office building and barn at the South 20th Street site, Simon said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Redevelopment of south side greenhouses for landscaper, hemp grower, other businesses wins zoning approval," 15 Sep. 2020 At the Oregon State Fairgrounds in the capital of Salem, groups of maskless evacuees gathered in a parking lot and a barn Friday, talking about the unprecedented wildfires that have destroyed an area bigger than Rhode Island. Rebecca Boone And Sara Cline, USA TODAY, "Relief groups turn to hotels to shelter West Coast fire evacuees amid coronavirus pandemic," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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