Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, an outer inclosure of an Irish castle: nearly equivalent to bailey and outer bailey. In the seventeenth century grants of government land in Ireland were made on the condition that the grantee should build a castle and bawn, the latter for the protection of the cattle of the tenants.
- n. In modern times, in some parts of Ireland— The cattle-yard near a farm-house.
- n. A large house, including all its appurtenances, as offices, courtyard, etc.
- In Ireland, to surround or inclose with a bawn.
- n. A cattle-fort; a building used to shelter cattle.
- n. A defensive wall built around a tower house. It was once used to protect livestock during an attack.
- v. Eye dialect spelling of born.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete An inclosure with mud or stone walls, for keeping cattle; a fortified inclosure.
- n. obsolete A large house.
- From Irish badhun ("cattle-fort"). (Wiktionary)
“The occupants of the largest portions of land were bound, within four years, to build a castle and bawn, that is, a walled enclosure, with towers at the angles, within which was placed the cattle, -- and to plant on their estates forty-eight able-bodied men, eighteen years old or upwards, of English or Scottish descent.”
“The Castle "bawn" was usually enclosed by one or more strong walls, the inner sides of which were lined with barns, stables, and the houses of the retainers.”
“[Footnote 1: A bawn was a place near the house, enclosed with mud or stone walls, to keep the cattle from being stolen in the night, now little used.”
“Can't wait for a comment like this Erstah, dahlin ', my mama wuz bawn and raised on Boojhalay.”
“Bred an born in a brier-patch, Brer Fox, bred en bawn!”
“Bred en bawn in immunity, Nancy -- bred en bawn in immunity! 'en wid dat George en Dick en Karl skip out des ez lively as crickets in de embers.”
“Pe bawn yn ddaearyddwr proffesiynol a dydw i ddim!”
“Sut y byddwn diogelu'r posibilirwydd o dyfu, hynny yw datblgu o fod yn genedl i fod yn gymuned ac wedyn bod yn gymuned gyfiawn, lle mae pawb yn adnabod ei gyfrifoldeb tuag at bawb arall a thros bawn arall?”
“Hoss – Mareens, &c. &c. &c. — is the twenty-foth or fith Marquis that has bawn the Tittle; is disended lenyally from King Pipping, and has almost as antient a paddygree as any which the Ollywell Street frends of the Member of”
“And there she was right enough, that lovely sight enough, the girleen bawn asthore, as for days galore, of planxty Gregory.”
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