From Middle English ern, erne, earn, from Old English earn (“eagle”), from Proto-Germanic *arô (“eagle”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (“large bird, eagle”). Cognate with Dutch and Low German arend (“eagle”), Norwegian and Danish ørn (“eagle”), Swedish örn (“eagle”), German Aar (“eagle”), Ancient Greek ὄρνεον (órneon), ὄρνις (órnis, “bird”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɜːn/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɝːn/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)n
- Homophones: earn, ern, urn
erne (plural ernes)
- A sea eagle (Haliaeetus), especially the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
- (chiefly poetic, dialectal, sciences) An eagle.
- The bald earn