A bairn, wean, child or littlin is a youthie body, a lad or lass. Whiles a bairn is defined as bein a body afore the oncome o puberty, a body afore the end o puberty, a body unner the age o majority, or itherweys. The term micht can define a relationship wi a paurent or authority feegur an aw, or seegnifee group membership in a clan, tribe, or releegion; or it can seegnifee bein fell affectit by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "we're aw Jock Tamson's bairns" or "a child o the Saxties."
Bairn is an old Scottish term meaning "babe" or child. Although the term chiefly means infant, it can be applied to any child who has not reached puberty or adulthood.
- "American Heritage Dictionary". December 7, 2007.