• (RP) IPA: /kɛən/
  • (America) IPA: /kɛəɹn/

cairn (plural cairns)

  1. A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument.
    • 1826, Thomas Campbell, Glenara, in The Poetical Works of Thomas Campbell, page 105 ↗:
      "Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn: / Why speak ye no word!"—said Glenara the stern.
  2. A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, to guide travelers on land or at sea, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.
  3. A cairn terrier.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: cairn
  • Portuguese: moledro
  • Russian: каирн
  • Spanish: mojón, punto de referencia
  • French: montjoie
  • German: Steindaube, Steinmännchen, Steinpyramide, Steinhügel
  • Italian: ometto
  • Portuguese: moledro
  • Russian: ориенти́р

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