Main meanings of tarn in English

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Pronunciation /tɑːn/

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  • A small mountain lake.

    in place names ‘Malham Tarn’
    • ‘Walkers to the Lake District often concentrate on conquering the most challenging peaks and fells, forgetting about the region's 16 lakes and 400 tranquil tarns, streams and waterfalls.’
    • ‘Below your feet a rosary of mountain tarns drop down towards Rhichonich and beyond them Cambrian quartzite slopes rise to the long ridge of what is probably the finest mountain in this empty quarter of Sutherland - Foinaven.’
    • ‘In Cumbria we have a total of between 20 and 22 lakes and tarns.’
    • ‘The lake is the deepest among all tarns and lakes of Kashmir.’
    • ‘From the top of the ridge you can see a number of mountain tarns and look down into the Wairau Valley on the other side.’
    • ‘Soon after you leave the shelter of the trees you come to a mountain tarn.’
    • ‘Carry on across a hollow containing two tarns named Kirkfell Tarn to the North Top of Kirk Fell.’
    • ‘All around it is limestone, which anyone who has studied geography at school will know is pervious and water disappears through it, the area of the tarn lays on Silurian Slate, hence the reason for this magnificent sheet of water.’
    • ‘After passing the Dollar Lakes, I hear the gurgle of a stream and then see Lamoille Lake, a shallow mountain tarn in a glacial bowl, with steep talus slopes cradling it.’
    • ‘I loved the flattish grassy terrain at the top with numerous tarns of slate-grey water fringed with tussock and rocks.’
    • ‘You will enjoy dramatic views of waterfalls, valleys, tarns and rugged rock formations.’
    • ‘With the arrival of Easter holidays and potentially warm spring sunshine, people should not be lulled into thinking the lakes and tarns are warming up, said the Lake District National Park Authority rangers.’
    • ‘A classic glacial relic, the tarn lies in a trough that was cut by ice moving across from Great to Little Langdale.’
    • ‘A bridge crosses the point where a small beck that catches water from Iron Keld and Black Crag brings the main supply of water to the tarn.’
    • ‘The climb continues easy and steady on track in a small, closed-in valley, so there is only close-quarter interest: another bridge, a waterfall, lesser ruins, then a pretty tarn.’
    • ‘The region is packed with hundreds of bodies of water, relics of the last ice age, 10,000 years ago, but most are deemed too small to be called lakes, and are referred to locally in the old Norse word, tarns.’
    • ‘The sacred lake didn't look any different from a thousand other inhospitable high-altitude tarns found everywhere in Tibet.’
    • ‘Coots, ducks and flamingos clustered around the fringes of shallow tarns whilst great flocks of upland geese, buff-necked ibis and lapwing settled on the plains to feed.’
    • ‘A spectacular six-foot dragonfly will also be installed on one of the tarns in the forest just another addition to the 90 permanent sculptures on show every year.’
    • ‘There are lime rich waters, acidic tarns with all ranges in between and the Shetland Anglers Association work extremely hard to maintain the trout lochs as a top class fishing venue.’


Middle English (originally northern English dialect): from Old Norse tjǫrn.

Main meanings of Tarn in English

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proper noun

  • A river of southern France, which rises in the Cévennes and flows 380 km (235 miles) generally south-westwards through deep gorges before meeting the River Garonne north-west of Toulouse.



/tɑːn/ /taʀn/