cairn

play
noun \ˈkern\

Definition of cairn

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

cairned

play \ˈkernd\ adjective

Recent Examples of cairn from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cairn'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of cairn

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

Other Archaeology Terms


CAIRN Defined for English Language Learners

cairn

play
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


Learn More about cairn


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cairn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to bring about or cause (something)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!