- 1a large farm building for storing grain or keeping animals in a hay barn They live in a converted barn (= a barn that has been turned into a house). Wordfinderarable, barn, crop, cultivate, dairy, fallow, farm, graze, livestock, tractor see also Dutch barn See related entries: Buildings, On the farm, Animal homes, Animal farming
- 2a large plain ugly building They live in a great barn of a house.
- 3(North American English) a building in which buses, trucks, etc. are kept when not being used See related entries: Buildings Word Origin Old English bern, berern, from bere ‘barley’ + ern, ærn ‘house’.Idioms
to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so