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yarn

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noun \ˈyärn\

Definition of yarn

  1. 1 a :  a continuous often plied strand composed of either natural or man-made fibers or filaments and used in weaving and knitting to form cloth b :  a similar strand of another material (as metal, glass, or plastic)

  2. 2 :  a narrative of adventures; especially :  a tall tale <a roaring good yarn>

Examples of yarn in a sentence

  1. The sheep's wool will be spun into yarn.

  2. yarns about ghosts and goblins

  3. a storyteller who spins yarns that will keep any audience riveted

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 century

Other Textiles Terms


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yarn

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Definition of yarn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to tell a yarn

yarner

noun

1812

First Known Use of yarn

1812



YARN Defined for English Language Learners

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yarn

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noun \ˈyärn\

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

yarn

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noun \ˈyärn\

Definition of yarn for Students

  1. 1 :  a natural or manufactured fiber (as of cotton, wool, or rayon) formed as a continuous thread for use in knitting or weaving

  2. 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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