chiefly British
: a cow barn

Examples of byre in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English bȳre; akin to Old English būr dwelling — more at bower

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of byre was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Byre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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