noun (1)
\ ˈlȯn How to pronounce lawn (audio) , ˈlän \

Definition of lawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : an open space between woods : glade
2 : ground (as around a house or in a garden or park) that is covered with grass and is kept mowed
3 : a relatively even layer of bacteria covering the surface of a culture medium


noun (2)

Definition of lawn (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fine sheer linen or cotton fabric of plain weave that is thinner than cambric

Other Words from lawn

Noun (1)

lawn or lawny \ ˈlȯ-​nē How to pronounce lawn (audio) , ˈlä-​ \ adjective

Noun (2)

lawny adjective

First Known Use of lawn

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lawn

Noun (1)

Middle English launde, from Anglo-French land, launde wood, unwooded field, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish lann land — more at land

Noun (2)

Middle English lawne, laund, probably from Laon, France

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“Lawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈlȯn How to pronounce lawn (audio) , ˈlän \

Kids Definition of lawn

: ground (as around a house) covered with grass that is kept mowed


\ ˈlȯn, ˈlän How to pronounce lawn (audio) \

Medical Definition of lawn

: a relatively even layer of bacteria covering the surface of a culture medium

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