Definition of barn raising in US English:

barn raising


North American
  • A gathering at which people in a community cooperatively erect the framework of a neighbor's barn, typically followed by a celebration.

    ‘a small rural community comes together for a barn raising’
    • ‘He had become interested in architecture after watching his father help out a barn raising when he was eight.’
    • ‘The dancing is the highlight of any barn raising.’
    • ‘Neighborhood exchanges like Anne's hark back to a time when folks routinely gathered together for a barn raising or pitched in to help each other bring in the harvest.’
    • ‘They announced that a barn raising would be held September 24 and 25, and invited anyone interested to pitch in.’
    • ‘He decided to organize an old-fashioned barn raising.’
    • ‘Creating buildings is akin to barn raising - everyone close by comes over to help build, no matter their aptitude, profession, or stage of evolution.’
    • ‘About 100 or so volunteers from across the country were about to arrive in Immokalee for the barn raising.’
    • ‘It seems implausible that the person barking out the orders at a barn raising is chosen at random.’
    • ‘He draws particular attention to a cooperative work endeavor, which he compares to an American "frolic" or barn raising.’
    • ‘Their life is documented in the book with black-and-white photographs of farmwork, schools, a barn raising, and activities of children and young people.’