• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bawn A large house.
    • Bawn An inclosure with mud or stone walls, for keeping cattle; a fortified inclosure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who sometimes wrote under the name "The Duchess," observed in her novel "Molly Bawn" that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." The phrase has passed into the English language.
    • n bawn Formerly, an outer inclosure of an Irish castle: nearly equivalent to bailey and outer bailey. In the seventeenth century grants of government land in Ireland were made on the condition that the grantee should build a castle and bawn, the latter for the protection of the cattle of the tenants.
    • n bawn In modern times, in some parts of Ireland— The cattle-yard near a farm-house.
    • n bawn A large house, including all its appurtenances, as offices, courtyard, etc.
    • bawn In Ireland, to surround or inclose with a bawn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bawn bawn a fortification round a house: an enclosure for cattle.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ir. & Gael. babhun, inclosure, bulwark
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ir. bábhun, enclosure.


In literature:

When Molly Bawn was in short petticoats he used to adore her.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Mary Bawn, Mary Bawn, Mary Bawn; Oh, no!
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Nine was bawn befo' surrender an' two after we was set free.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Huccome a gen'man like yo' paw, got bawn y'other side de Ohier River, 'ceptin' was an acci-dent?
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
Seem lak hit mighty kuse, but sho' ez youer bawn Brer Jack is a heap mo' pearter nigger dan w'at ole Remus is.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
That was a plantation as sure as you bawn.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
The bawns are published.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
Charles Wheatley, considered a fine comedian, produced the "Colleen Bawn," or the "Brides of Garry Owen.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Seem lak hit mighty kuse, but sho' ez youer bawn Brer Jack is a heap mo' pearter nigger dan w'at ole Remus is.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Sho's you bawn, he's went a Injun-huntin' wid my frien' Cap'n Kenton.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
While the scandal lived in the mouths of Society, Lady Bridget-Mary Bawne remained unseen.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Between six and seven the engagement began at Cool-bawn, one mile and half from Town.
"An Impartial Narrative of the Most Important Engagements Which Took Place Between His Majesty's Forces and the Rebels, During the Irish Rebellion, 1798." by John Jones
Bawn ovuh yonder at Seaview, on ol' Masser Scott's plantation.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States, From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I alles tole Cynthy that Steve boy a bawn fool.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
I stopped at Duncan's wharf and looked at Wesley Marrs's vessel, the Lucy Foster, and then the Colleen Bawn.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
Some five years before June had matriculated, Agnes Horton had stepped out, finished, from the halls of Molly Bawn.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He filled every available pause in the exhortation with "Thet's so," and "Shoo 's yo' bawn!
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
A 'possum am a mighty skeery critter, shore's yo' bawn.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 39, No. 08, August, 1885" by Various
She didn' live long dey say kaze Marse Drew whipped her jus' befo' dey fus' baby wuz bawn.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Me'n Susan knows that that there little Miss Gwen is a lady bawn.
"The Carter Girls" by Nell Speed

In poetry:

Una Bawn, the days are long,
And the seas I cross are wide,
I must go when Ireland needs,
And you must bide.
"Una Bawn" by Francis Ledwidge
And should I not return to you
When the sails are on the tide,
'Tis you will find the days so long,
Una Bawn, and I must bide.
"Una Bawn" by Francis Ledwidge