\ 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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The Neels own 1,700 acres of this corner of Vermont, and Ginny keeps farm animals: horses, ponies, chickens, a rescue dog who lives in the barn, a flock of sheep, and a couple of llamas to herd and protect them while grazing. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 And on the Other Side of Town Award Chicago’s Sweetwater Foundation had community members hand-build a fabulous translucent barn on its communal garden space. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The Buccaneers did to the Saints what the Saints were supposed to do to the Buccaneers in a 48-40 barn-burner. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL’s Week 1 Powerhouse: The Buccaneers?," 9 Sep. 2018 Years later the killer resurfaces, scrawling graffiti on a barn and leaving notes, photos and used condoms on children's bicycles. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana child killer who taunted police featured on Investigation Discovery," 13 July 2018 Equally charming is the Phillips Hill tasting room, shown above, housed inside a century-old barn in Philo that was once used for drying apples. Esther Mobley,, "Everything you need to know about Mendocino wine," 12 July 2018 Howard wasn't alone in that assessment, judging by the high-profile guests from L.A.'s fashion flock — and beyond — who turned out for the barn-burner of a Thursday evening. Adam Tschorn,, "La Ligne, Malin+Goetz celebrate their 'High Notes' collaboration with a high-profile pot party," 15 May 2018 Auburn barely survived a 62-58 barn-burner against the Cougars, who were right there but couldn't hit free-throws and didn't get a crucial foul call on a potential game-tying three-point attempt in the last seven seconds. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: 10 key takeaways from the NCAA tournament's first-round action Friday," 17 Mar. 2018 Flake is planning another barn-burner for this Wednesday in anticipation of the awards, an excerpt of which his office has released. Kaitlin Menza, Esquire, "Here's an Excerpt of Jeff Flake's Next Incendiary Speech," 15 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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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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