bern

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English bereærn. Equivalent to bere +‎ -ern.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛrn/, /ˈbɛːrn/

Noun[edit]

bern (plural bernes)

  1. barn, farm building, granary
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Matheu 3:12”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      Whos wynewing cloth is in his hoond, and he ſhal fulli clenſe his corn flore, and ſhal gadere his whete in to his berne; but the chaffe he ſhal brenne with fier that mai not be quenchid.
      His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he'll completely clean his threshing-floor and gather up his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he'll burn with unquenchable fire.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English bearn.

Noun[edit]

bern

  1. Alternative form of barn (child)

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English beorn.

Noun[edit]

bern

  1. Alternative form of berne (knight)

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bern, from Old English bereærn.

Noun[edit]

bern (plural berns)

  1. barn

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian bern, barn, from Proto-Germanic *barną.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bern n (plural bern, diminutive berntsje)

  1. child, children

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • bern (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011