- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɜːn/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɝːn/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)n
- Homophones: earn, ern, urn
From Middle English ern, erne, earn, from Old English earn (“eagle”), from Proto-Germanic *arô (“eagle”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (“large bird, eagle”). Cognate with Dutch and Low German arend (“eagle”), Norwegian and Danish ørn (“eagle”), Swedish örn (“eagle”), German Aar (“eagle”), Ancient Greek ὄρνεον (órneon), ὄρνις (órnis, “bird”).
erne (plural ernes)
- A sea eagle (Haliaeetus), especially the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
- (chiefly poetic, dialectal, sciences) An eagle.
- the bald earn