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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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British Dictionary definitions for lawns

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 lawns

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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LAWN

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