Definition of cairn
: a heap of stones piled up as a memorial or as a landmark
cairnedplay \ˈkernd\ adjective
Recent Examples of cairn from the Web
The dogs play an essential role, but the focus is indeed on the men, primarily Tobias Thorleifsson, who narrates the film and is the one most obsessed with finding the cairn.
But a cairn of loose stones marked the site, and each visitor would, by tradition, toss a fresh stone on the pile.
The National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park here is a somber glen of plants, trees, walks, grass and cairn, with thousands of names etched in stones and pavement.
Fans of nearby Mount Massive, which has a much more impressive silhouette, built a stone cairn atop its summit to retake the crown, only to have the manmade addition torn down by Elbert partisans.
A survey of the island revealed dozens burial cairns that were determined to be non-Islamic based on their geographical orientation.
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Origin and Etymology of cairn
Middle English (Scots) carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn; akin to Old Irish & Welsh carn cairn
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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