In the 13c, 'kerns' signified those who attached themselves to the establishments of English lords in Ireland. They were considered idlers and spongers. Later the term was used of a fighting man from Ireland, a foot soldier without armour. When fighting at close quarters the kern used a battle-axe much like that used by the Vikings. The Latin form was kernus or homo de kerne. [< Ir. ceithearn = band of soldiers] -

Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kerne — (a. Geogr.), Eiland an der Westküste Afrikas, 12 Tagereisen von den Säulen des Hercules, von den Carthagern entdeckt u. deren Stapelplatz; nach Ein. das j. Arguin, nach And. Fedal, wohl richtiger im Golf von Agadir od. Sta Cruz …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • kerne — (kûrn) n. Variant of kern1. * * * …   Universalium

  • Kerne — (griechisch Κέρνη; lateinisch Cerne) ist in der antiken Geographie eine kleine Insel im Atlantik, die von Hanno dem Seefahrer auf seiner Erkundungsfahrt außerhalb der Säulen des Herakles im 5. Jahrhundert v. Chr. entdeckt wurde. Im Periplus… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kerne — Recorded in the spellings of Kern, Kerne,Kerner, Kernes, and Kearns, this is a surname of multiple national origins. Confusingly it can be German, or English Cornish, and sometimes Irish. Equally it has multiple meanings and derivations. If… …   Surnames reference

  • kernė — 2 kernė̃ sf. (4) kirmėlė: Pažiūrėk, kokia didelė kernė̃ ant vyšnios lapo Dglš …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • kerne — ker|ne sb., n, r, rne; brød med kerner; jordens kerne; sagens kerne …   Dansk ordbog

  • Kerne — Cornouaille Bro Gernev (Br) (Cornouaille)     …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Kernė — Sp Kèrnė Ap Környe L Vengrija …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • kerne — noun see kern I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kerne — n. kern, soldier or a group of Irish foot soldiers (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.