What does cairn mean?

Definitions for cairn
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cairnnoun

    a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path

  2. cairn, cairn terriernoun

    small rough-haired breed of terrier from Scotland

Wiktionary

  1. cairnnoun

    A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument.

    Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn. -Campbell.

    Etymology: From cairn, from carn; compare Old Irish carn, Welsh carn, probably from a word meaning ‘horn’.

  2. cairnnoun

    A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, to guide travelers on land or at sea, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.

    Etymology: From cairn, from carn; compare Old Irish carn, Welsh carn, probably from a word meaning ‘horn’.

  3. cairnnoun

    A cairn terrier.

    Etymology: From cairn, from carn; compare Old Irish carn, Welsh carn, probably from a word meaning ‘horn’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cairnnoun

    a rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument

    Etymology: [Gael. carn, gen. cairn, a heap: cf. Ir. & W. carn.]

  2. Cairnnoun

    a pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc

    Etymology: [Gael. carn, gen. cairn, a heap: cf. Ir. & W. carn.]

Freebase

  1. Cairn

    Cairn is a man-made pile of stones. It comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn. Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also in barren desert and tundra areas. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose, conical rock piles to delicately balanced sculptures and elaborate feats of megalithic engineering. Cairns may be painted or otherwise decorated, e.g. for increased visibility or for religious reasons. In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. Since prehistory, they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cairn

    kārn, n. a heap of stones, esp. one raised over a grave, or as a landmark on a mountain-top.—n. Cairn′gorm-stone, or simply Cairngorm, a name often given by jewellers to brown or yellow quartz or rock-crystal, because found among the Cairngorm Mountains in Aberdeenshire. [Celt. carn.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cairn

    a heap of stones often, though not always, loosely thrown together, generally by way of a sepulchral monument, and it would seem sometimes in execration of some foul deed.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cairn

    Piles of stones used as marks in surveying.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cairn in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cairn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cairn in a Sentence

  1. Philip Hammond:

    The tax demand made to Cairn was very unwelcome.

  2. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    The tax demand made to Cairn was very unwelcome, i've had a very clear indication from Mr Jaitley...who is clear and categoric that this government will not be issuing any further notices under the retrospective tax legislation.

  3. John Cronin:

    This is a very good deal for Cairn and its partner on the deal, Lone Star, is also very familiar with Irish property assets, having been involved in deals totalling many billions of euro here in recent years.

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