cairn

noun \ ˈkern \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of cairn

: a heap of stones piled up as a memorial or as a landmark

cairned

play \ˈkernd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cairn

Middle English (Scots) carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn; akin to Old Irish & Welsh carn cairn

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cairn

noun

Definition of cairn for English Language Learners

  • : a pile of stones that marks a place (such as the place where someone is buried or a battle took place) or that shows the direction of a trail


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