Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A barn for cows.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a barn, especially one used for keeping cattle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cow house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cow-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a barn for cows

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English bȳre; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English bȳre (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His farm, little more than a few fields with a house and a byre, is down a track that no-one walks but Jack.

    Hollow-bellied Jack « A Fly in Amber

  • In the byre we sat, the heathen and me -- for we were but simple men in this affair -- and the byre was a dark place to be sitting, and in a while old Betty came, havering at hens and talking to herself.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • a cow's head looking over its biss, and it struck me that the byre was the handy place to get at in Loch Ranza.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • There were bone tools and spindle whorls carved by hand, occasionally bits of cloth, the single partition in Eirik the Red’s byre that was actually made of a whale’s shoulder blade, all illustrating the settlers’ daily experience and industry as no broad survey could.

    Judith Lindbergh - An interview with author

  • He loves the warmth and passes the afternoons in a suntrap in the lee of the byre.

    Spring's here: skylarks overhead, moles in the garden, moths in the bathroom

  • I took the plastic tablecloth off my “raised bed” – under which it had spent the winter – and was so struck by the lovely softness of the soil that I confected a second bed with odds and ends of wood from the byre.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Then we formed a chain gang to stack it all up in the byre.

    Jean's Knitting

  • There is no byre attached so perhaps the weaver sold cloth in return for food rather than raise cropsand cattle for a living.

    Country diary: Newtonmore

  • The byre door was open, and a somewhat misshapen person was wedged into its gap: Jorgen the skald.

    Raven Speak

  • And she plunged back inside the byre to gather up the dead calf.

    Raven Speak

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  • "When Enkidu was thrown, he said to Gilgamesh, 'There is not another like you in the world. Ninsun, who is as strong as a wild ox in the byre, she was the mother who bore you, and now you are raised above all me, and Enlil has given you the kingship, for your strength surpasses the strength of men.'"
    -- The Coming of Enkidu, from The Epic of Gilgamesh

    June 17, 2008