\ ˈkern How to pronounce cairn (audio) \

Definition of cairn

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

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cairned \ ˈkernd How to pronounce cairned (audio) \ adjective

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Beyond the huge cairn, views of the San Francisco Peaks stand out on the northeast skyline. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 The result is like a mash-up of a French pastry and an Israeli or Lebanese breakfast plate: deeply aromatic, a little savory, a case study in layers that all too quickly translates into a tiny cairn of golden flakes on your plate. Amy Scattergood,, "Topped with za’atar and labneh, the latest croissant at Proof Bakery is a good one," 3 June 2019 The cairn would be a series of granite river boulders, and with the aluminum butterfly would stand 12 feet tall. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "JoCo public art project brings out everyone's inner critic. So will it fly? | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 The city has budgeted $100,000 for the cairn, or stack of rocks that form a trail marker, next to a caterpillar. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "JoCo public art project brings out everyone's inner critic. So will it fly? | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 The 26 breeds represented range from retrievers and rottweilers to terriers (Scottish, cairn and Jack Russell), pugs and Pomeranians. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Style Radar: Farm-focused fashion, pooch pins and Rodarte," 15 Feb. 2018 The stone cairn is decorated with a machine gun belt, a large-caliber bullet and a Russian army helmet. Owen Matthews, Newsweek, "Putin’s Secret Armies Waged War in Syria—Where Will They Fight Next?," 17 Jan. 2018 Nolan found rock cairns at spots where Leffingwell photographed Okpilak Glacier in the Brooks Range in 1907. Ned Rozell, Alaska Dispatch News, "Ernest Leffingwell, pioneering Arctic scientist with a fan club," 10 Sep. 2014 Many of the people who stop to marvel liken his figures to cairns, piles of rock that have turned up around the world since prehistoric times to mark pathways, honor deities or commemorate the dead. Patrick Farrell, New York Times, "A Mystery Solved: Why the ‘Sisyphus Stones’ Rise and Tumble," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cairn

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cairn

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

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English Language Learners Definition of cairn

: 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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