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Is tern a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word tern is a Scrabble US word. The word tern is worth 4 points in Scrabble:

T1E1R1N1

Is tern a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word tern is a Scrabble UK word and has 4 points:

T1E1R1N1

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4 letters words from 'tern'

RENT 4TERN 4

3 letters words from 'tern'

ERN 3NET 3
REN 3RET 3
TEN 3 

2 letters words from 'tern'

EN 2ER 2
ET 2NE 2
RE 2TE 2

All 4 letters words made out of tern

tern etrn tren rten ertn retn tenr etnr tner nter entr netr trne rtne tnre ntre rnte nrte ernt rent enrt nert rnet nret

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Definitions and meaning of tern

tern

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: tûrn, IPA(key): /tɜːn/
  • (General American) enPR: tûrn, IPA(key): /tɝn/
  • Homophones: turn, tarn
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)n

Etymology 1

Via an East Anglian dialect [1670s], from some Scandinavian (North Germanic) language, related to Danish terne, Norwegian terne, and Swedish tärna, all from Old Norse þerna (tern; maidservant), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *þewernǭ (maidservant; servant’s daughter), from Proto-Indo-European *tekʷ- (to run; to flow). Cognate with Old English stearn.

Noun

tern (plural terns)

  1. Any of various seabirds of the subfamily Sternidae (of the family Laridae) that are similar to gulls but are smaller and have a forked tail.
Alternative forms
  • terne (obsolete, 17th c.)
Hyponyms
Derived terms
  • ternery
Translations
See also
  • sea swallow (common tern) (one sense)

Etymology 2

The noun is derived from Late Middle English terne (throw of a die or dice showing the number three), from Old French terne (gathering of three people; trinity) (modern French terne), from Latin ternās, the accusative feminine plural of ternī (three each; three at a time), from ter (thrice) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes (three)) + (from -us (suffix forming adjectives)).

The adjective is either derived from the noun, or directly from Latin ternī (three each; three at a time); see above.

Noun

tern (plural terns)

  1. (dated or obsolete) A thing with three components; a set of three things.
    1. (gambling, dated) A lottery prize resulting from the favourable combination of three numbers in the draw.
Translations

Adjective

tern (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly botany, rare) Consisting of three components; ternate, threefold, triple.
    Synonyms: ternary, treble, trine; see also Thesaurus:triple
Coordinate terms
  • quatern
  • quine (obsolete)
Translations

References

Further reading

  • tern on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • tern (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Sternidae on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
  • Sternidae on Wikispecies.Wikispecies

Anagrams

  • Rent, rent, tren

Middle English

Verb

tern

  1. Alternative form of teren

Romanian

Etymology

From French terne.

Adjective

tern m or n (feminine singular ternă, masculine plural terni, feminine and neuter plural terne)

  1. dull

Declension


Source: wiktionary.org
  • TERM, to designate.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)