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lawn1

[lawn] /lɔn/
noun
1.
a stretch of open, grass-covered land, especially one closely mowed, as near a house, on an estate, or in a park.
2.
Archaic. a glade.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English launde < Middle French lande glade < Celtic; compare Breton lann heath. See land
Related forms
lawny, adjective

lawn2

[lawn] /lɔn/
noun
1.
a thin or sheer linen or cotton fabric, either plain or printed.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English lawnd, laun, perhaps named after Laon, where linen-making once flourished
Related forms
lawny, adjective
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Examples for lawn
  • As such, all that stands between a homeowner and his green lawn is a sense of civic duty.
  • Several believed a lawn-based installation would cover up too much valuable green space.
  • Near the staging area they settled into their own little town of television trucks, tents, and lawn chairs.
  • Scientists say a perfect green lawn that never needs mowing may soon become a reality.
  • For a suburbanite, few experiences are more wrenching than watching a lush green lawn turn brown and scraggly.
  • The grotto is a natural amphitheatre with a sandy floor that accommodates camp and lawn chairs.
  • He was encouraged in this change of heart by the housing collapse, in which the market for lawn seed was collateral damage.
  • If wastebaskets and lawn mowing are big problems, your problems aren't that big.
  • No development has occurred, and the lawn and bushes have been allowed to grow wild.
  • Knock on the door or walk over when they're mowing the lawn.
British Dictionary definitions for lawn

lawn1

/lɔːn/
noun
1.
a flat and usually level area of mown and cultivated grass
2.
an archaic or dialect word for glade
Derived Forms
lawny, adjective
Word Origin
C16: changed form of C14 launde, from Old French lande, of Celtic origin; compare Breton lann heath; related to land

lawn2

/lɔːn/
noun
1.
a fine linen or cotton fabric, used for clothing
Derived Forms
lawny, adjective
Word Origin
C15: probably from Laon, a town in France where linen was made
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Word Origin and History for lawn
n.

"turf, stretch of grass," 1540s, laune "glade, open space between woods," from Middle English launde (c.1300), from Old French lande "heath, moor, barren land; clearing" (12c.), from Gaulish (cf. Breton lann "heath"), or from its Germanic cognate, source of English land (n.). The -d perhaps mistaken for an affix and dropped. Sense of "grassy ground kept mowed" first recorded 1733.

"thin linen or cotton cloth," early 15c., probably from Laon, city in northern France, a center of linen manufacture. The town name is Old French Lan, from Latin Laudunum, of Celtic origin.

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Related Abbreviations for lawn

LAWN

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