Barn vs. Byre

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Barn and Byre is that the Barn is a agricultural building used for storage and as a covered workplace and Byre is a building where domesticated animals are housed

  • Barn

    A barn is an agricultural building usually on farms and used for various purposes. In the North American area, a barn refers to structures that house livestock, including cattle and horses, as well as equipment and fodder, and often grain. As a result, the term barn is often qualified e.g. tobacco barn, dairy barn, sheep barn, potato barn. In the British Isles, the term barn is restricted mainly to storage structures for unthreshed cereals and fodder, the terms byre or shippon being applied to cow shelters, whereas horses are kept in buildings known as stables. In mainland Europe, however, barns were often part of integrated structures known as byre-dwellings (or housebarns in US literature). In addition, barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace, and for activities such as threshing.

  • Barn (noun)

    A building, often found on a farm, used for storage or keeping animals such as cattle.

  • Barn (noun)

    A unit of surface area equal to 10-28 square metres.

  • Barn (noun)

    An arena.

    “Maple Leaf Gardens was a grand old barn.”

  • Barn (noun)

    A child.

  • Barn (verb)

    To lay up in a barn.

  • Byre (noun)

    A barn, especially one used for keeping cattle in.


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