A basket of yarn (twisted fiber)
From Middle English yarn, from the Old English ġearn (“yarn, spun wool”), from Proto-Germanic *garną (“yarn”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer- (“tharm, guts, intestines”). Akin to West Frisian jern, Dutch garen (“yarn”), German Garn (“yarn”), Danish garn, Swedish garn (“yarn, thread”), Icelandic garn (“yarn”), Latin hernia (“rupture”), Ancient Greek χορδή (chordḗ, “string”), Sanskrit (hira, “band”). Cf. also the obsolete doublet garn.
yarn (countable and uncountable; plural yarns)
- (uncountable) A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.
- (nautical) Bundles of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope.
- (countable) A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.
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Related terms 
fiber strand for knitting or weaving
- Arabic: خيط (ar) (xayṭ) m
- Egyptian Arabic: دوبارة (dubara) f, خيط (xéṭ) m, (wool) بكرة (bakara) f
- Armenian: մանվածք (hy) (manvaçk’)
- Belarusian: пража (be) (práža) f
- Bulgarian: прежда (bg) (préžda) f
- Mandarin: 紗線 (cmn), 纱线 (cmn) (shāxiàn), 紗 (cmn), 纱 (cmn) (shā)
- Czech: příze (cs) f
- Danish: garn (da) n
- Dutch: garen (nl) n
- Esperanto: fadeno (eo)
- Finnish: lanka (fi), rihma (fi)
- French: fil (fr) m
- German: Garn (de) n
- Icelandic: garn (is) n
- Irish: abhras (ga) m, snáth (ga) m
- Italian: filo (it) m, filato (it) m
- Japanese: 糸 (ja) (いと, ito)
- Korean: 실 (ko) (sil)
- Macedonian: предиво (mk) (prédivo) n, преѓа (mk) (préǵa) f
See also 
yarn (third-person singular simple present yarns, present participle yarning, simple past and past participle yarned)
- To tell a story.
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