li·​erne lē-ˈərn How to pronounce lierne (audio) -ˈern How to pronounce lierne (audio)
: a rib in Gothic vaulting that passes from one intersection of the principal ribs to another

Word History


French, from Middle French, probably from lier to bind, from Latin ligare

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lierne was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Lierne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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