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 equipmentb : 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)
barnlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
barnyplay \ˈbär-nē\ adjective
Examples of barn in a Sentence
They live in a big barn of a house.
Recent Examples of barn from the Web
The company's new line of rustic beauties, called Go Homes, are inspired by the traditional barns and cottages of New England, and start at just $179,000.
Melissa is trying to convince Spencer to give her the barn (classic), when all of a sudden, Toby approaches with luggage.
The Covington County Emergency Management Agency is reporting that three homes sustained minor damage, two barns were destroyed & several roads closed in the area on Thursday morning.
MY SUGAR is a lightly raced three-year-old from the barn of Brad Cox.
This horse departed the barn years ago, but the simple fix here involves paper ballots and No. 2 pencils.
The plot started Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 with people Andrea Wert recruited trying to break into the victim's safe in a pole barn but not succeeding, according to court documents.
Even with Derby winner Always Dreaming in his Belmont Park barn, Pletcher won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday with Tapwrit and finished third with Patch.
The auction’s offerings are spread out among three barns on this particular afternoon but have been in as many as five.
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Origin and Etymology of barn
Middle English bern, from Old English bereærn, from bere barley + ærn house, store
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
BARN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of barn for Students
: a building used for storing grain and hay and for housing farm animals
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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