Main definitions of kern in English

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kern1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Printing
  • 1Adjust the spacing between (letters or characters) in a piece of text to be printed.

    • ‘Cease any talk of font analysis, kerning, superscripts or anything else of a typographical nature.’
    • ‘Although, I am pleased and happily surprised that words like superscript, subscript, proportionally spaced fonts, kerning, etc. are being used in the mainstream media, I don't believe anyone is really listening.’
    • ‘The typesetting shows problems as well, and the kerning and word-spacing in some lines is so awkward as to render the line almost unreadable.’
    • ‘You know the arguments over the superscript, the kerning, the proportional spacing.’
    1. 1.1Make (letters) overlap.
  • 2Design (metal type) with a projecting part beyond the body or shank.

noun

Printing
  • The part of a metal type projecting beyond its body or shank.

Origin

Late 17th century: perhaps from French carne corner from Latin cardo, cardin- hinge.

Pronunciation:

kern

/kərn/

Main definitions of kern in English

: kern1kern2

kern2

(also kerne)

noun

  • 1historical A light-armed Irish foot soldier.

    • ‘Composition involved, in Gaelic parts, the commutation of the chief's right to take up supplies for his household and quarter his kerne and galloglass on his subjects for defence.’
    • ‘An armed company of the kerne, carrying halberds and pikes and led by a piper, attack and burn a farmhouse and drive off the horses and cattle.’
    • ‘Recruiting large numbers of Gaelic kern, they then invaded England, landing at Furness in Lancashire, and immediately made for Richard III's old power base in north Yorkshire.’
    • ‘The crude unsigned illustrations depict the activities of the Irish kern, while the refined signed cuts offer images of a resplendent English contingent led by Sir Henry Sidney in the name of the Queen.’
  • 2archaic A peasant; a rustic.

    bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarian
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Irish ceithearn, from Old Irish ceithern band of foot soldiers.

Pronunciation:

kern

/kərn/