|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|1.||incapable of producing offspring, seed, or fruit; sterile: a barren tree|
|2.||unable to support the growth of crops, etc; unproductive; bare: barren land|
|3.||lacking in stimulation or ideas; dull: a rather barren play|
|4.||not producing worthwhile results; unprofitable: a barren period in a writer's life|
|6.||(of rock strata) having no fossils|
|[C13: from Old French brahain, of uncertain origin]|
barren bar·ren (bār'ən)
Not producing offspring.
Incapable of producing offspring.
For a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among the Jews (Gen. 16:2; 30:1-23; 1 Sam. 1:6, 27; Isa. 47:9; 49:21; Luke 1:25). Instances of barrenness are noticed (Gen. 11:30; 25:21; 29:31; Judg. 13:2, 3; Luke 1:7, 36).