Meaning of “bairn” in the English Dictionary

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"bairn" in British English

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bairnnoun [ C ]

uk /beən/ us /bern/ Scottish English or Northern English

Examples from literature

  • 'My bairn! my bairn!' cried the distracted father, 'where can he be?' A dozen mouths were opened to communicate hopes which no one felt. 
  • But wait and I'll see the bairns. 
  • Kiss my darling bairns for papa, and give them my blessing. 
  • The children, or "bairns," as they were called here, wore neither shoes nor stockings, except a few of the very young ones, and all the arable land was devoted to the culture of oats and turnips. 
  • The only thing I grudge is being away all day, leaving you and the bairns, for I ken they're no' very easy to put up with. 

(Definition of “bairn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)