Definition of quern noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kwɜːn//
; NAmE NAmE//kwɜːrn//
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a simple piece of equipment for grinding grain, consisting of two round stones, called quernstones. The grain is crushed between the two stones when the upper one is turned. Word OriginOld English cweorn(e), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse kvern and Dutch kweern.