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From Middle English, from the Old English gearn; which is akin to the Old High German garn (“‘yarn’”), [[w:Template:lang:de language|Template:lang:de]][[Category:Template:lang:de derivations]] Garn, and Greek χορδή (chordḗ), “‘string’”); Latin hernia (“‘rupture’”), and the Sanskrit hira (“‘band’”).
- (RP) enPR: yân, IPA: /jɑːn/, SAMPA: /jA:n/
- (US) enPR: yârn, IPA: /jɑːrn/, SAMPA: /jA:rn/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)n
- (uncountable) A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.
- (nautical) Bundles of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope.
- (countable) A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.
Third person singular
- To tell a story.
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