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Etymology 1Edit

From a Scandinavian language, related to Danish and Norwegian terne, Swedish tärna, ultimately from Old Norse þerna

NounEdit

tern (plural terns)

  1. Any of various sea birds of the family Sternidae that are similar to gulls but are smaller and have a forked tail.
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Etymology 2Edit

From French terne. See tern (adjective).

NounEdit

tern (plural terns)

  1. (dated) That which consists of, or pertains to, three things or numbers together.
  2. (dated) A lottery prize resulting from the favourable combination of three numbers in the draw.
    • (Can we date this quote by Mrs Browning and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      She'd win a tern in Thursday's lottery.

AdjectiveEdit

tern (not comparable)

  1. (rare) threefold; triple; consisting of three; ternate
    tern flowers; tern leaves
    a tern schooner, one with three masts

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tern

  1. Alternative form of teren