\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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Stroll grounds, explore barn, outhouse, corn crib and gardens. Luann Gibbs,, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018 The barn, which had been painted black under its previous owner, began its return to its former bright yellow color on July 8. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smile will return to iconic Delafield barn in early August as new toy, candy shop prepares to open," 11 July 2018 An assessment of the burn area found that 13 single-family homes were destroyed, three homes were damaged, and 15 barns, workshops and sheds were lost. Fox News, "The Latest: 3 arrested in connection with Colorado wildfire," 10 July 2018 The barn, located behind the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, and individual donors. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2018 Imara and her new baby will stay in the giraffe barn, an off-exhibit area, for a few weeks until the calf is old enough to be introduced to other animals and explore the zoo's savanna habitat, Hardwick said. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Phoenix Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe born last week," 4 July 2018 The property includes a main house in what used to be the original barn, as well as a stone guest house, several cottages and a series of sprawling grounds and remarkable outdoor spaces. Shannon Rooney,, "Three Bucks County homes with amazing outdoor spaces," 3 July 2018 There is also a pool and tennis court, two barns, a 3½-acre Grand Prix jumping field, outdoor and indoor riding rings and grass paddocks. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Railroad Chief’s Equestrian Estate Returns for 40% Off," 3 July 2018 There is a gazebo, two barns, a horse shed and many outbuildings. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Carly Simon and Her Family, on Martha’s Vineyard," 30 June 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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