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Definition of yarn

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1a : a continuous often plied strand composed of either natural or man-made fibers or filaments and used in weaving and knitting to form cloth
b : a similar strand of another material (such as metal, glass, or plastic)
2 [from the idiom spin a yarn "to tell a tale"] : a narrative of adventures especially : a tall tale a roaring good yarn


yarned; yarning; yarns

Definition of yarn (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to tell a yarn

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Other Words from yarn


yarner noun

Synonyms for yarn

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of yarn in a Sentence

Noun The sheep's wool will be spun into yarn. yarns about ghosts and goblins a storyteller who spins yarns that will keep any audience riveted
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Greats Royale Knit The Royale Knit sneaker is made with yarn from recycled single-use ocean plastics. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "Best (comfortable) eco-friendly shoes, according to experts," 23 Apr. 2020 Before grabbing rolls of yarn and needles from a large box at the front of the classroom, students sketched out the problem on graph paper. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Wisconsin college professor uses knitting to teach math and explain geometry in 3D," 23 Jan. 2020 For all of its engaging performances, this thoughtful yarn from the filmmaking tandem of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz is limited by a quaintly straightforward story line. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Peanut Butter Falcon,’ it’s the WWE or bust," 21 Aug. 2019 There are four foot pedals and a shuttle with string that must be pulled to draw the yarn from left to right and back again. Alex Frank, Vogue, "Woolmark Prize Winner Bodice Is a Handmade Homage to India—And So Much More," 8 Sep. 2018 The crimped fibers are typically spun into strong yarns, which are then made into knits or weaves. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "The Best Men's Midlayers on the Market Right Now," 11 Apr. 2020 What's more, our Stone Age ancestors likely would have needed an understanding of mathematical concepts like pairs and sets and basic numeracy skills to create bundles of fibers (yarn), the three-ply cord and rope from multiple cords. Katie Hunt, CNN, "World's oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought," 9 Apr. 2020 Joann Fabric and Craft stores suggests swapping in cord, yarn, ribbon or other stretchy materials. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Can’t find elastic to make a mask? Here are some other options," 6 Apr. 2020 The beginner-friendly kit comes with a roll of jersey yarn, a simple pattern, and a wooden pole for hanging. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Easiest Way to Make Your Own Macrame Wall Hanging," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many others have turned, like me, to yarn crafts as a form of stress relief, hoping to lose themselves in a simple, repetitive activity or to make the most of their time in quarantine by learning a new skill. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "How Crafting Can Help Ease Pandemic Anxiety," 1 Apr. 2020 Forty-eight vendors sold everything from fresh beef and eggs to yarn made from alpaca fiber, handmade signs and bags, to natural soaps and body products. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Winter Farmers Market Draws Hundreds," 21 Mar. 2018 Kaye, who has since created crochet content for the Gap, Valentino, Starbucks, and Miller Lite (in which she yarn bombed an entire 50-by-25 foot billboard in Times Square), started crocheting at 13, selling scarves to her dance studio classmates. Niree Noel, Los Angeles Magazine, "London Kaye Is Bombing L.A. (With Yarn)," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of yarn


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yarn


Middle English yerne, yarne "spun fiber," going back to Old English gearn, going back to Germanic *garna- (whence also Middle Dutch gaern, garen "spun fiber," Old High German & Old Norse garn), masculine noun probably from the same base as feminine *garnō "intestine" (whence Old Norse g?rn, plural garnar "guts") and *garnja- (in Old English micgern, midirne "fat around the entrails of an animal," Old Saxon midgarni, Old High German mittigarni, with *midja- mid entry 1), going back to Indo-European *?horH-n- (whence also Lithuanian ?arnà "intestine" and Greek khord? "catgut, string of a musical instrument, sausage," in plural "guts, tripe," if altered from *khorn?), suffixed o-grade derivative of *?hr?H- "gut, cord made from animal intestines," whence Latin haru- "intestines" (in haruspex haruspex), Sanskrit híra? "band, strip," hirā? "vein"

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The first known use of yarn was before the 12th century

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Yarn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, http://www.hajikun.com/dictionary/yarn. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yarn

: a long, thin piece of cotton, wool, etc., that is thicker than thread and that is used for knitting and weaving
: an exciting or interesting story especially : a story that is so surprising or unusual that it is difficult to believe


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Kids Definition of yarn

1 : a natural or manufactured fiber (as of cotton, wool, or rayon) formed as a continuous thread for use in knitting or weaving
2 : an interesting or exciting story Grandpa said, “How about a story? Spin us a yarn.”— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

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