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- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inclosure with mud or stone walls, for keeping cattle; a fortified inclosure.
- n. A large house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, an outer inclosure of an Irish castle: nearly equivalent to bailey and outer bailey.
- 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.
From Irish badhun ("cattle-fort"). (Wiktionary)