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barn1

[bahrn] /bɑrn/
noun
1.
a building for storing hay, grain, etc., and often for housing livestock.
2.
a very large garage for buses, trucks, etc.; carbarn.
verb (used with object)
3.
to store (hay, grain, etc.) in a barn.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English bern, Old English berern (bere (see barley1) + ern, ǣrn house, cognate with Old Frisian fīaern cowhouse, Old High German erin, Gothic razn, Old Norse rann house; cf. ransack, rest1)
Related forms
barnlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for barnlike

barn1

/bɑːn/
noun
1.
a large farm outbuilding, used chiefly for storing hay, grain, etc, but also for housing livestock
2.
(US & Canadian) a large shed for sheltering railroad cars, trucks, etc
3.
any large building, esp an unattractive one
4.
(modifier) relating to a system of poultry farming in which birds are allowed to move freely within a barn: barn eggs
Word Origin
Old English beren, from bere barley + ærn room; see barley1

barn2

/bɑːn/
noun
1.
a unit of nuclear cross section equal to 1028 square metre b
Word Origin
C20: from barn1; so called because of the relatively large cross section
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Word Origin and History for barnlike

barn

n.

Old English bereærn "barn," literally "barley house," from bere "barley" (see barley) + aern "house," metathesized from *rann, *rasn (cf. Old Norse rann, Gothic razn "house," Old English rest "resting place;" sealtærn "saltworks").

Barley was not always the only crop grown as the data recovered at Bishopstone might suggest but it is always the most commonly represented, followed by wheat and then rye and oats. [C.J. Arnold, "An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms," 1988, p.36]
Another word for "barn" in Old English was beretun, "barley enclosure" (from tun "enclosure, house"), which accounts for the many Barton place names on the English map, and the common surname. Barn door used figuratively for "broad target" and "great size" since 1540s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for barnlike
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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barnlike in the Bible

a storehouse (Deut. 28:8; Job 39:12; Hag. 2:19) for grain, which was usually under ground, although also sometimes above ground (Luke 12:18).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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