bairn

bairn

[bairn; Scot. beyrn]
noun Scot. and North England.
a child; son or daughter.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English bern, barn, Old English bearn; cognate with Gothic, Old Norse, Old High German, Old Saxon, barn, Old Frisian bern, Middle Dutch baren, Albanian me barrë pregnant; akin to Lithuanian bérnas boy, fellow, bear1

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bairn (bɛən, Scottish bern)
 
n
(Scot), (Northern English) a child
 
[Old English bearn; related to bearm lap, Old Norse, Old High German barn child]

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bairn
"child" (of any age), O.E. bearn "child, son, descendant," probably related to beran ("bear (v.), carry, give birth;" see bear (v.)). Not chiefly Scottish.
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