\ 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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Virginia Chincoteague: Flames have destroyed a famous horse barn on Chincoteague Island. USA TODAY, "Moon rocks, Misty of Chincoteague, Haiku Stairs: News from around our 50 states," 28 June 2019 Oh, and there's also a 5,000-square-foot barn on the property where Jeff Bridges enjoys meditating, painting, and jamming out with his band. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Jeff Bridges is Selling His Montecito Home For $8 Million," 23 May 2019 This will be no small feat (the house is nearly 4,000 square feet, plus there's a carriage barn on site) but for the right person with the right eye and set of skills, this could be a dream project. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, "This Gigantic Historic Mansion Can Be Yours for Just $73,900," 6 Apr. 2018 One of the main reasons the proposal was denied in the past was residents' concerns over a 6,000-square-foot event barn on the property. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prestwick to bring new site plan to Delafield, move event barn to La Belle Golf Club," 8 Mar. 2018 Three riding mowers were stolen June 13 or June 14 from a barn in the 300 block of West Viejo Drive, according to Friendswood police. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Riding mowers reported stolen from Friendswood barn," 20 June 2019 If a trip to Crawford isn't in the cards right now, take a virtual tour and get ready to daydream of shiplap-and-barn-door paradise. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Crawford, TX "Little Shack on the Prairie" from Season 4 Fixer Upper Finale Hits Market for $400,000," 19 June 2019 Somewhere deep in that December storm, the barn roof, which had been standing for more than a century, half collapsed. Jane Brox, The New Yorker, "My Father’s Things, and My Own," 16 June 2019 The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office said a Huntsburg Township barn was damaged in the storm. Benjamin Peters,, "National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in Geauga County," 14 June 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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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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