Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

  • In Ireland, to surround or inclose with a bawn.
  • 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.

Etymologies

From Irish badhun ("cattle-fort"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Bailey or ward; a defended courtyard of a castle.

    August 24, 2008

  • There is a section of the poem Making the Fish by Michael Crummey entitled The Bawn.

    Hard Light: 32 Little Stories
    a selection of poems
    by Michael Crummey
    audio from rattlingbooks.com

    Hard Light: 32 Little Stories is a retelling and reinvention of tales told to Michael Crummey by his father and other family members about outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of a half-century ago. It’s a love-letter to a world and a way of life that has vanished completely in the last fifty years. All of it is true. Even the lies.

    February 5, 2008

  • "The colleen bawn, my colleen bawn. O, cheese it!"
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007