Definition of bawn in English:

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bawn

Pronunciation: /bɔːn/

noun

1Irish historical A fortified enclosure around a castle.
Example sentences
  • The castle stood within a bawn (a fortified courtyard) with corner towers at each corner and inside was a formal garden laid-out.
  • Pelham used artillery brought by sea and within two days had battered down the bawn and the western landward side of the castle.
  • This 17th-century Vintners Company fortified house and bawn, was opened to the public in 1996.
2Irish & Canadian A meadow: [as modifier]: a field of bawn hay
More example sentences
  • Natural bawn grass threaded with royal blue brings out the beautiful texture of this basket from Bangladesh.
3Canadian A flat expanse of rocks on a beach, on which fish are spread to dry: fishermen spread the fish on the bawn
More example sentences
  • To spread fish on the bawn to make wages we went there without much sleep.

Origin

From Irish.

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