barn

noun
\ 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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Somewhere deep in that December storm, the barn roof, which had been standing for more than a century, half collapsed. Jane Brox, The New Yorker, "My Father’s Things, and My Own," 16 June 2019 The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office said a Huntsburg Township barn was damaged in the storm. Benjamin Peters, cleveland.com, "National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in Geauga County," 14 June 2019 Seller credit to buyer available for pool, barn or other amenity. Ramona Sentinel, "Home of the Week - 1331 Ash St. Ramona," 13 June 2019 Good smoked chicken is almost as much of a guilty pleasure as salad in a beef-centric barbecue barn. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: B&B Smokehouse sets a solid barbecue table on San Antonio’s South Side," 13 June 2019 More than a million hens, filling barns at three per square foot. Geir Moulson, chicagotribune.com, "German hen breeders can keep killing 45 million male baby chicks a year, court rules," 13 June 2019 Ali bought the wooded, out-of-the-way property about 90 miles from Philadelphia in 1972 and installed 18 primarily log buildings, including a gym, dining hall, small mosque, visitors’ cabins and a horse barn. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 The old visitors center was the original Lentz family barn. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Photos: Musk Ox Farm lifts roof off its Colony-era visitor center," 10 June 2019 The uncontrolled temperature in this historic barn allows the wild Wisconsin weather swings to work magic between the bourbon and the barrels. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Wisconsin distilleries that will leave you in good spirits," 9 June 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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barn

noun

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

barn

noun
\ ˈbärn How to pronounce barn (audio) \

Kids Definition of barn

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

barn

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\ ˈbärn How to pronounce barn (audio) \

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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