• An open space between woods.
  • Ground (generally in front of or around a house) covered with grass kept closely mown.
  • An overgrown agar culture, such that no separation between single colonies exists.
  • A type of thin linen or cotton.
  • Pieces of this fabric, especially as used for the sleeves of a bishop.
  • A piece of clothing made from lawn.


  • Early Modern English laune, alteration of laund, from Middle English launde, from Old French lande ("heath, moor"), of Germanic or Gaulish origin, from Proto-Germanic *landą ("land") or Proto-Celtic *landā, both from Proto-Indo-European *lendʰ- ("land, heath").
  • Akin to Breton lann ("heath"), Old Norse & Old English land. land.
  • Apparently from Laon, a French town known for its linen manufacturing, from Old French Lan, from Latin Laudunum, a Celtic name cognate with Lugdunum.

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