1 [lawn]
a stretch of open, grass-covered land, especially one closely mowed, as near a house, on an estate, or in a park.
Archaic. a glade.

1250–1300; Middle English launde < Middle French lande glade < Celtic; compare Breton lann heath. See land

lawny, adjective Unabridged


2 [lawn]
a thin or sheer linen or cotton fabric, either plain or printed.

1375–1425; late Middle English lawnd, laun, perhaps named after Laon, where linen-making once flourished

lawny, adjective Unabridged
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lawn1 (lɔːn)
1.  a flat and usually level area of mown and cultivated grass
2.  an archaic or dialect word for glade
[C16: changed form of C14 launde, from Old French lande, of Celtic origin; compare Breton lann heath; related to land]

lawn2 (lɔːn)
a fine linen or cotton fabric, used for clothing
[C15: probably from Laon, a town in France where linen was made]

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Word Origin & History

"turf, stretch of grass," 1548, laune "glade, open space between woods," from M.E. launde, from O.Fr. lande "heath, moor," from Gaul. (cf. Breton lann "heath"), or from its Gmc. cognate, source of Eng. land (q.v.). The -d perhaps mistaken for an affix and dropped. Sense of
"mowed grassy ground" first recorded 1733.

"thin linen or cotton cloth," 1416, from Laon, city in northern France, center of linen manufacture. The town name is O.Fr. Lan, from L. Laudunum, of Celtic origin.
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Example sentences for lawns
The lawns contain many sculptural pieces in bronze, terra cotta, marble and stone.
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