Bawn

Definitions

  • 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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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ir. & Gael. babhun, inclosure, bulwark
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ir. bábhun, enclosure.

Usage

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
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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