Definitions for yarnyɑrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.

    Category: Textiles

  2. a continuous strand or thread made from glass, metal, plastic, etc.

    Category: Textiles

  3. an aggregate of fibers, as of hemp, that forms one of the small elements composing a strand of rope.

    Category: Textiles

  4. a tale, esp. a long story of adventure or incredible happenings.

  5. (v.i.)to tell a yarn.

    Category: Informal

Origin of yarn:

bef. 1000; ME; OE gearn, c. MD gaern, OHG, ON garn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. narration, recital, yarn(noun)

    the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events

    "his narration was hesitant"

  2. thread, yarn(verb)

    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

  3. yarn(verb)

    tell or spin a yarn

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yarn(noun)ˈɑɑrn

    thick thread made from wool or similar material

    Wrap the yarn twice around the knitting needle.

  2. yarnˈɑɑrn

    an untrue story; = tale

    some yarn about pirates taking his sailboat


  1. yarn(Noun)

    A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.

  2. yarn(Noun)

    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.

  3. yarn(Noun)

    A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.

  4. yarn(Verb)

    To tell a story.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yarn(noun)

    spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like

  2. Yarn(noun)

    one of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed

  3. Yarn(noun)

    a story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale; as, to spin a yarn

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. YARN

    An essential in fabrication--either woven or narrated. Mill yarns are highly colored; those spun at sea much more so.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yarn' in Nouns Frequency: #2750

Anagrams of yarn

  1. nary, n-ary

  2. Ryan

  3. N-ary

Translations for yarn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an old word for a story or tale

He told us interesting yarns about his travels.

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