Definition of byre in English:



  • A cowshed.

    • ‘Our house was a byre which was first converted into a tearoom when the place was a children's farm park, and later became a cottage for the owner.’
    • ‘They are put in the byres (cow sheds) for the winter period, and our byre is literally 2ft away from the back of the house.’
    • ‘And they knew their way, even into each of their respective stalls in the byres.’
    • ‘Joe made his way slowly to the barn and to the cattle byre where the milk cow stood in her stall, chomping at the hay.’
    • ‘The concrete hut in a dip in the hills is like a cattle byre.’
    • ‘His farm diversification enterprise pre-dates the buzz-trend, for he developed his interest playing guitar with a friend in a cow byres on his family's farm.’
    • ‘However, the way things are developing in this country's byres, fields, piggeries and abattoirs, even those dates, some six weeks away, might be too soon, as the Irish ban is unlikely to be lifted by then.’
    • ‘On one side is the byre, where cattle were housed; the other half of the building is divided into two levels - a small living and eating area too low to stand up in; and above it a loft for sleeping in.’
    • ‘The steep lanes were of dirt and rock; farm animals lodged in the ground-floor byres.’
    • ‘She's converted a local byre (an animal house) into a wee dwelling - a simple, one-room affair with a box bed and a raised hearth, and all the objects that she is using have been meticulously researched and sourced.’
    • ‘The England they had shaped was still sufficiently intact to be recognisable as at least the grandchild of its ancient self - hedges and lanes, ponds and woods, barns and byres and trees.’
    • ‘The smell comes from the byres, past and present, that press about the yard.’
    • ‘A byre was added to the end of the original farmhouse, and an entrance in the gable was served by a narrow paved passage, through which animals would be funnelled one by one into the byre.’
    • ‘It was at this time of the year that the cattle would be brought down from the hills for the coming winter, to be either sheltered in byres or slaughtered for meat.’
    • ‘On the farm, smells tended to be pungent; dung being removed from the cow byre, stable, pig sty or poultry house, rated high in that league.’
    • ‘Some are simply dwellings, others are dwellings with a barn attached, still others have three components in the form of a central dwelling with a barn at one end and a byre at the other.’
    • ‘The harness was still hanging in the stables and the milking equipment was still in the byre.’
    • ‘Parts of the property date back to the 1770s, when it was a three-bedroom farmhouse with two reception rooms - a dining room and a sitting room - with a byre attached.’
    • ‘When we got there it was hanging in a farm byre with water running down it and holes in it, so I had to make a decision there and then.’
    • ‘This poverty was glaringly obvious in rural churches, which were no better than byres, and christening, marriage, and burial dues, which were deeply resented.’


Old English bȳre; perhaps related to bower.