\ 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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From her first underage sudsy gulp behind the barn, younger sister Helen is obsessed with making beer more than drinking it. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, "J. Ryan Stradal’s Midwest tale 'The Lager Queen of Minnesota' goes down smooth," 25 July 2019 But massive barns, no outdoor access, dangerous overcrowding, and intestinal damage remain risks. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Meatless meat is having a moment. Will eggless eggs be next?," 23 July 2019 Like the 1869 fairgrounds in Westminster, the Taneytown site included exhibition buildings, livestock barns, and a racetrack. Bob Blubaugh,, "Country singer Riley Green headlines concert, back by popular demand at Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair," 22 July 2019 In addition to the blooms, the site captured the feel of a working ranch with an original barn, wagon wheels and mining and farming equipment from the late 1800s. Tom Stienstra,, "Crush of tourists closes Daffodil Hill for keeps," 17 July 2019 Over the years, Onassis developed the former sheep farm, named Red Gate Farm, into a veritable compound, complete with a pool, tennis court, hunting cabin, barn, boathouse, and more. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Jackie Kennedy’s sprawling Martha’s Vineyard estate is on the market for $65M," 15 July 2019 Our next stop was the long nursery barn, where thousands of yellow ducklings swarmed under heat lamps. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New York Duck-Farm Tour Didn’t Sell Me on Foie Gras," 9 July 2019 Just as, traditionally, farmers helped each other raise a new barn, and just as families pull together in times of need, our society works best when everyone works together. K.n.c., The Economist, "If capitalism is broken, maybe it’s fixable," 8 July 2019 The future Collections Center will be connected by green space to three historic structures the museum maintains on the site: the 1710 White-Ellery House, a 1740 barn, and the recently acquired 1840 Babson-Alling House. John Laidler,, "Cape Ann Museum expands in Gloucester," 5 July 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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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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