Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Byre \Byre\, n. [Cf, Icel. b["u]r pantry, Sw. bur cage, Dan. buur, E. bower.] A cow house. [N. of Eng. & Scot.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"cow-shed," Old English byre, perhaps related to bur "cottage, dwelling, house" (see bower).
n. (context chiefly British English) A barn, especially one used for keeping cattle in.
Usage examples of "byre".
Then he had walked up the byre, leaving her puzzled and frightened and feeling very exposed to whatever it was that emanated from him.
So too thought Emma, for there had come a lightness on her life, and she sang whilst about her work, except when in the cow byre or the yard.
But she was mistaken, and it was brought home forcibly to her one morning in the new year when Luke deliberately kicked her bucket of milk over the cow-splattered dirty floor of the byre, after which they had stood glaring at each other.
Her thoughts were still rebellious as she settled down to the milking and she was half-way through it when she heard the byre door open.
She slid past him into the byre and made for the far end where she stood with her back to one of the partitions and closed her eyes tightly.
And she surprised him still further by swinging round and throwing the empty milk bucket against the byre wall, then marching out across the yard to the cottage.
A hay meadow stretched out to the east where the little valley was widest, and there were several fenced pastures between the byre and what appeared to be a stable.
When she was satisfied that the young woman had left the byre, Cordelia crept through the front door and looked across the yard.
As she untangled the cloth from about her head, a new sound rose in the byre, eerie and harrowing.
She gave a start as the man in question came round from behind the byre wall, blocking her path.
Moreover, he had three cows in the byre, a pony in the stable, a pig lying with litter, a dozen hens, and four ducks.
It had a low door, with two small windows to the right of it and one to the left, and there was a kind of byre attached.
He straightened his back and looked down the byre as if seeing into the past.
He stood with his back pressed against the stone wall of the cow byre but keeping his eyes on the great open doors of the barn and, fascinated, he watched the scene within.
The first day she cleared it out, swept the narrow pot chimney and got the fire to burn, brought in some dry sacks and clean straw from the byre, raked among the burnt embers of the cottage until she found the frying pan, the kale pot and a few other cooking utensils.