barn

barn O.E. bereærn "barn," lit. "barley house," from bere "barley" (see BARLEY (Cf. barley)) + aern "house," metathesized from *rann, *rasn (Cf. O.N. rann, Goth. razn "house," O.E. rest "resting place").
Barley was not always the only crop grown as the data recovered at Bishopstone might suggest but it is always the most commonly represented, followed by wheat and then rye and oats. [C.J. Arnold, "An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms," 1988, p.36]
Another word for "barn" in O.E. was beretun, "barley enclosure" (from tun "enclosure, house"), which accounts for the many Barton place names on the English map, and the common surname. Barn door figurative for "broad target" and "great size" since 1540s.

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  • barn — [ barn ] n. m. • 1950; mot angl. ♦ Métrol. Unité de mesure de superficie (symb. b) utilisée en physique nucléaire (10 28 m2). ● barn nom masculin (de l anglais big as a barn, grand comme une grange) Unité d aire, valant 10−28 m2, utilisée pour… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Barn — Sm Krippe, Heustock per. Wortschatz obd. md. (8. Jh.), mhd. barn (barm, baren), ahd. barn Stammwort. Ist vergleichbar mit ae. beren Scheuer , neben dem bere ærn u.a. steht. Im Englischen scheint das Wort für Gerste (ae. bere) zugrundezuliegen;… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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