\ 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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When you’re done soaking up the view, feel free to take a soak in the hot tub room located on the lower level, or maybe stroll on over to the barn which doubles as a garage and a potting shed. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "1790 country house blending modern and rustic charm asks $800K," 16 July 2018 The location was a natural choice—it was placed on the foundation of a barn of a similar vintage that once stood in the same spot. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, "This Converted Barn on Martha's Vineyard Is Our Summer Real Estate Obsession," 29 June 2017 As a soulful Spanish ballad flows from a smartphone propped on a bale of hay, Pascual Rivera begins walking through the barn on two bad knees, greeting his family. Bill Plaschke,, "What's the magic behind six Kentucky Derby winners? This horse caretaker from rural Mexico prepares horses for stardom," 4 June 2018 DiNardo and Kratz then planned to sell Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township, weed, but allegedly shot him in a barn on the property instead. Patricia Madej,, "Lured victims, 'pig roaster' and other grisly details to emerge from the Bucks County slayings," 16 May 2018 Another barn on the farm was leveled from a hurricane in 1938, Debbie said. Staff Report,, "Stories From The Storm: Connecticut Residents Deal With The Devastation," 16 May 2018 In the clip, Amy and her son Zach discuss the future of the farm while cleaning up their barn ahead of Jackson's first birthday party. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Amy and Zach Roloff of 'Little People, Big World' Discuss the Possible Fate of Roloff Farms," 2 Apr. 2019 There are also plans to expand the sanctuary with a second barn to be completed by 2020. Kelli Bender,, "Freed Circus Elephants Are Getting Their First European Retirement Home: Photos," 12 June 2018 Officials said the parachutist veered off course and collided with a barn on South Main Street on Saturday. Abigail Feldman,, "Woman dies after parachuting crash in Orange," 4 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
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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