Definition of yarn
1a : a continuous often plied strand composed of either natural or man-made fibers or filaments and used in weaving and knitting to form clothb : a similar strand of another material (such as metal, glass, or plastic)
2 : a narrative of adventures; especially : a tall tale a roaring good yarn
Examples of yarn in a Sentence
The sheep's wool will be spun into yarn.
yarns about ghosts and goblins
a storyteller who spins yarns that will keep any audience riveted
Recent Examples of yarn from the Web
But while U-boats and Nazis lurking in and around Portsmouth make for captivating yarns, chances are, none of it's true.
Shop Adidas by Stella McCartney multicolored and elastic yarn training shoes ($170); Martone Cycling Co. bike ($1,100).
The lid comes off easily, and the end of the yarn can be threaded through the hole in the lid.
Dear Heloise: For holding skeins of yarn, use large, empty plastic canisters of disinfecting wipes.
That great chronicler of the way wealth and privilege both corrupt and ennoble spins a dire yarn today: in the Hamptons, storied playground of those with an abundance of money and a dearth of imagination, a piece of art has been vandalized.
Largely, this new Mummy exists not to weave a rousing adventure yarn or to embrace the old-school horror of the 1932 original.
And the Skylar Pillow has cooling technology, using a gel memory foam layer on the inside and ice yarn cover on the outside to keep all sides of your pillow cool on hot summer nights.
Once the net is raised, the dancers rotate between bits of choreography and tangling themselves up in yarn, assembling and disassembling the textiles at intervals throughout the piece.
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Origin and Etymology of yarn
Middle English, from Old English gearn; akin to Old High German garn yarn, Greek chordē string, Latin hernia rupture, Sanskrit hira band
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of yarn
: to tell a yarn
First Known Use of yarn
YARN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of yarn for English Language Learners
: a long, thin piece of cotton, wool, etc., that is thicker than thread and that is used for knitting and weaving
: an exciting or interesting story; especially : a story that is so surprising or unusual that it is difficult to believe
YARN Defined for Kids
Definition of yarn for Students
1 : a natural or manufactured fiber (as of cotton, wool, or rayon) formed as a continuous thread for use in knitting or weaving
2 : an interesting or exciting story Grandpa said, “How about a story? Spin us a yarn.” — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
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