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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 of lawn1
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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  • Between the lawn and the road, a line of cedars in the fence row serves as a screen.

    Green Spring Farm Ross Netherton
  • And such is life-love on the lawn and settlements in the parlour.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The moon had risen and a whippoorwill was chanting his weird song on the lawn as Ben left them leaning on the gate.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • They were to dine on the lawn, in a large marquee, and to dance in the evening.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Every half hour or so one or the other would go to the lawn and gaze aloft, seeking Kress.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
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

local area wireless network
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