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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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Over dinner, the boys learn that the men in town — including Laurie and Gracie’s father and brother — are working a job down the river, and get invited to stay in the barn overnight in exchange for some work the next day. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 7: Why Has No One Noticed Betty Is Missing?," 6 Dec. 2018 Laurie then hits Archie over the head with a frying pan and ties him up in a barn, right after Jughead learns that Hiram Lodge employs Laurie’s father and owns this entire town. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 There was this barn with a tin roof near our house in Lafayette, La. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Where Ron ‘Gator’ Guidry Learned to Throw Fast," 10 July 2018 This 36,000-square-foot barn in the Belmont neighborhood in Charlotte will be turned into an innovation lab for the city's trash, in an effort to reduce waste. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Your tires could become shoes with this new project. Here's how.," 27 June 2018 Photos by by René de Wit via Dezeen This asymmetric barn located in the Meierij region in the Netherlands is as rustic as a new build can get. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "This rustic barn was made from trees on site," 20 June 2018 By night’s end, this barn in Oxford, Chester County would be empty. Jason Nark,, "As milk prices keep falling, more Pa. dairy farmers are calling it quits," 17 Apr. 2018 The fact is that this building has so much history and pure joy for the sport that an extra place in pop culture does very little to elevate this fantastic barn. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "How is Indianapolis Motor Speedway not a top-100 sporting venue?," 18 Jan. 2018 Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn Holmby Hills Originally built for Walt Disney himself, this barn now showcases his love for trains and railroads. Los Angeles Magazine, "100 Things You Can Do for Free in L.A.," 16 Jan. 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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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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