Main definitions of lawn in English

: lawn1lawn2

lawn1

noun

  • An area of short, regularly mown grass in the garden of a house or park.

    ‘she was sitting in a deckchair on the lawn’
    as modifier ‘a croquet lawn’
    mass noun ‘a patch of lawn’
    • ‘Outside, most of the grounds are grassland, bordered to the south by a burn with the gardens mainly lawn.’
    • ‘It is the most shaded area of the garden so lawn was never going to be very successful.’
    • ‘There is off-street parking for two cars in a front garden with a side lawn and mature shrubbery.’
    • ‘Through a stone entrance a tarmac driveway leads to the house which is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.’
    • ‘Clay or sand, it is imperative that you remove the weeds and lawn from the bed before planting.’
    • ‘In general, avoid sowing seed of any annual grasses into a lawn of perennial grasses.’
    • ‘The North American lawn as we know it has a more recent history, as well as a more prosaic one.’
    • ‘At the moment the gardens are mainly in lawn with a patio area, mature trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘For a short stroll before dinner though, the lawns around the house are lovely.’
    • ‘If you are establishing a new lawn or landscaping, a soil test is strongly recommended.’
    • ‘The lab results should identify problem areas with your lawn and offer solutions.’
    • ‘There was a little park near her house with a big lawn and a few swings.’
    • ‘Gardens with an extensive herbaceous border, feature lawns, rockery and Victorian kitchen garden.’
    • ‘Mow the lawn before you go, leaving short clippings on the lawn to feed back nutrients.’
    • ‘He's been trying to turn his patchy old front yard into a lawn since early spring.’
    • ‘Here's an excuse to let a section of lawn grow tall and go to hay, or plant some of it to alfalfa, red clover or oats.’
    • ‘It has nine bedrooms and is surrounded by more than 11 acres of lawn, gardens and mature woodland.’
    • ‘Scratch up the surface of any bare patches in the lawn using a garden fork or metal rake.’
    • ‘This is flanked by an open-plan garden with large side lawns and flowerbeds.’
    • ‘So then after they took bath they came and thousands of them sat down on a big grass lawn.’
    • ‘The patch of ground she was sweeping is now a smart lawn rimmed with flowers and a vegetable garden.’
    • ‘Cut lawns regularly, once a week at least, when the grass is growing quickly.’
    • ‘The grounds are very well kept and the lawns are cut to a high standard.’
    • ‘Just a couple grubs per square foot are not a problem to an otherwise healthy lawn.’
    • ‘There are chipped pathways through flower beds, lawns and a patio area.’
    • ‘Mary walked up the sloping lawn of her back yard and met Todd standing by the stable.’
    • ‘Rake over and re-seed bare patches on the lawn and sow new lawns by the end of September.’
    • ‘We built a little palace in our garden, on what used to be the croquet lawn.’
    • ‘Fourth, a well-kept lawn or park is a good thing round a nice house.’
    • ‘And remember to water the new shoots regularly until the reseeded lawn is well established.’
    • ‘All the houses had large lawns of grass in front of them, with a stone path linking the house with the sidewalk.’
    • ‘A big yard, with a lawn and garden, lots of windows, open plan, big patios, shady trees.’
    • ‘I'll never forget its shady walks and ancient trees, its soft green lawns and parterres bursting flowers.’
    • ‘You could use a herbicide that targets grassy weeds and that is safe for use on a St. Augustine lawn.’
    • ‘There is dual side access to the wonderfully private rear garden with large lawn, a raised deck area and patio area.’
    • ‘If you are reseeding or sodding the lawn, the earlier you do it in the spring the better.’
    • ‘In my yard, several square yards of lawn disappear each year to make room for more rosebushes.’
    • ‘The neighbors have a right not to have our poorly tended lawn inflicted on them.’
    • ‘A former tennis court to the east of the house was transformed into a croquet lawn.’
    • ‘More than 52,000 bulbs decorate their detached houses among spacious lawns in Northwich Road.’
    piece of land, plot
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Origin

Mid 16th century: alteration of dialect laund ‘glade, pasture’, from Old French launde ‘wooded district, heath’, of Celtic origin. The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

Pronunciation

lawn

/lɔːn/

Main definitions of lawn in English

: lawn1lawn2

lawn2

noun

mass noun
  • A fine linen or cotton fabric used for making clothes.

    as modifier ‘a white lawn shirt’
    • ‘Her white lawn dress with sprigs of green flowers fit tightly at the waist and cascaded to the floor.’
    • ‘Spliced with a dash of crisp white linen or lawn cotton, though, it becomes sharp, chic and seductive.’
    • ‘I can't visit without buying at least two printed cotton lawn quilts at give away prices.’

Origin

Middle English: probably from Laon, the name of a city in France important for linen manufacture.

Pronunciation

lawn

/lɔːn/