Bawn Bawn, n. [Ir. & Gael. babhun inclosure, bulwark.] 1. An inclosure with mud or stone walls, for keeping cattle; a fortified inclosure. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. A large house. [Obs.] --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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