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[kurn] /kɜrn/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a band of lightly armed foot soldiers of ancient Ireland.
2.
(in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) a soldier.
3.
an Irish peasant, especially a crude or boorish one.
Also, kerne.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English kerne < Irish ceithern band of foot soldiers; cf. cateran
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British Dictionary definitions for kerne

kern1

/kɜːn/
noun
1.
the part of the character on a piece of printer's type that projects beyond the body
verb
2.
(transitive) to furnish (a typeface) with a kern
Word Origin
C17: from French carne corner of type, projecting angle, ultimately from Latin cardō hinge

kern2

/kɜːn/
noun
1.
a lightly armed foot soldier in medieval Ireland or Scotland
2.
a troop of such soldiers
3.
(archaic) a loutish peasant
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Irish cethern band of foot soldiers, from cath battle

kern3

/kɜːn/
noun
1.
(engineering) the central area of a wall, column, etc, through which all compressive forces pass
Word Origin
from German Kern core, heart

Kern

/kɜːn/
noun
1.
Jerome (David). 1885–1945, US composer of musical comedies, esp Show Boat (1927)
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Word Origin and History for kerne
kern
1683, "part of a metal type projecting beyond the body," as the head of an -f- or the tail of a -j-, from Fr. carne "projecting angle, quill of a pen," from L. cardinem "hinge."
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