General English


  • acronym forlocal-area wireless network
    (written as LAWN)

Origin & History of “lawn”

English has two words lawn. ‘Grassy area’ (16th c.) is ultimately the same word as land. It is an alteration of an earlier laund ‘glade’, which came from Old French launde ‘heath’, a borrowing from the same prehistoric Germanic source as produced English land. Lawn was originally used for ‘glade’ too, and it was not until the 18th century that its present-day meaning emerged. Lawn ‘fine linen or cotton’ (15th c.) probably comes from Laon, the name of a town in northern France where linen was formerly manufactured.