barn

noun \ ˈbärn \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of barn

1 a : 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)

barnlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

barny

play \ˈbär-nē\ adjective

Examples of barn in a Sentence

  1. They live in a big barn of a house.

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Origin and Etymology of barn

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


BARN Defined for English Language Learners

barn

noun

Definition of barn for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BARN Defined for Kids

barn

noun \ ˈbärn \

Definition of barn for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

barn

noun \ ˈbärn \

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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