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kern

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noun \ˈkərn, ˈkern\

Definition of kern

  1. 1 :  a light-armed foot soldier of medieval Ireland or Scotland

  2. 2 :  yokel

Variants of kern

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kerne

Origin and Etymology of kern

Middle English kerne, from Middle Irish cethern band of soldiers


First Known Use: 15th century


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kern

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noun \ˈkərn\

Definition of kern

  1. :  a part of a typeset letter that projects beyond its side bearings

Origin and Etymology of kern

French carne corner, from French dialect, from Latin cardin-, cardo hinge


First Known Use: 1683


Kern

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biographical name \ˈkərn\

Definition of Kern

  1. Jerome David 1885–1945 Am. composer


Kern

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geographical name \ˈkərn\

Definition of Kern

  1. river 150 miles (241 kilometers) S cen California flowing SW into a reservoir


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