from The Century Dictionary.

  • In Ireland, to surround or inclose with a bawn.
  • noun Formerly, an outer inclosure of an Irish castle: nearly equivalent to bailey and outer bailey.
  • noun In modern times, in some parts of Ireland— The cattle-yard near a farm-house.
  • noun A large house, including all its appurtenances, as offices, courtyard, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete An inclosure with mud or stone walls, for keeping cattle; a fortified inclosure.
  • noun obsolete A large house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A cattle-fort; a building used to shelter cattle.
  • noun A defensive wall built around a tower house. It was once used to protect livestock during an attack.
  • verb Eye dialect spelling of born.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Irish badhun ("cattle-fort").



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