Barn (?), n. [OE. bern, AS. berern, bern; bere barley + ern, aern, a close place. 92. See Barley.]

A covered building used chiefly for storing grain, hay, and other productions of a farm. In the United States a part of the barn is often used for stables.

Barn owl Zool., an owl of Europe and America (Aluco flammeus, or Strix flammea), which frequents barns and other buildings. -- Barn swallow Zool., the common American swallow (Hirundo horreorum), which attaches its nest of mud to the beams and rafters of barns.


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Barn, v. t.

To lay up in a barn.



Men . . . often barn up the chaff, and burn up the grain. Fuller.


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Barn, n.

A child. [Obs.] See Bairn.


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