Meaning of KERN in English

I. ˈkərn, ˈkə̄n verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English curnen, kernen, from (assumed) Old English cyrnen, from Old English corn — more at corn

intransitive verb

dialect England : to form kernels

good weather for the grain to kern

transitive verb

dialect England : to form or set (as a crop of fruit)

trees that had kerned their best crop in years

II. noun

( -s )

dialect England : kernel , grain

kern of corn

kerns of sand

III. noun

also kerne “, ˈke(ə)rn, ˈkeən

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English kerne, from Middle Irish cethern band of soldiers, from cath battle, from Old Irish; akin to Gaulish catu- battle, Welsh cad, Old English heatho-, Old High German hadu-, Old Norse höth- battle, Sanskrit śatru enemy

1. : a foot soldier ; especially : a light-armed soldier of medieval Ireland or Scotland

those rough rugheaded kerns — Shakespeare

— compare gallowglass

2. : a rude or boorish countryman especially from Scotland or Ireland

IV. ˈkərn, ˈkə̄n

chiefly dialect

variant of kirn

V. “, ˈkəin noun

( -s )

Etymology: modification of French carne corner, projecting angle, from French dialect (Picardy & Normandy), from Latin cardin-, cardo hinge — more at cardinal

1. : a part of the face of a typecast letter that projects beyond the body (as the upper or lower extremity of f or the tail of Q )

2. : a corresponding part of a printed letter

VI. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to form with a kern (as a letter)

2. : to smooth (type) about the kern

intransitive verb

: to become kerned — used of a letter or some part of a letter

VII. noun

( -s )

Etymology: German, core, kernel, nucleus, from Old High German kerno; akin to Old Norse kjarni kernel, core, Old English corn

: nucleus 2l

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