The Latin word granarium came to Castilian as barn. The term is used to refer to space destined for grain storage.

Is named grain, meanwhile, at fruit or to seed of a cereal. Cereals, in turn, are grass plants that are usually cultivated precisely to take advantage of their grains, used as food for the animals and the persons.

The existence of a barn, in short, is justified when there are crops of plants that belong to the set of cereals. From these plants the fruits or seeds (that is, grains) are extracted and kept in the barns.


Grains are stored in a barn.

Characteristics of a barn

The barns are rustic buildings that aim at the preservation of the grains. These structures, therefore, seek to protect the seeds and the fruits of rodents and humidity and other climatic factors.

Barns are often built elevated, moving them away from the ground to improve their security. Different materials can be used (wood, concrete, etc.) and have different designs (rectangular, circular or other).

It is common for the shape of the barn and the layout of the interior space to be linked to the machinery which is used for handle The grains. The objective is to facilitate the collection and organization.

Related concepts

There are several notions that are associated with the barn idea. The barn can also be called granary, finished derived from the Latin word horreum.

In general, a stone or wood building that is supported by columns is called a granary and is intended for the deposit of grains and other products of the farming. These constructions are typical of the Spanish northwest.


Barns are characteristic of rural areas.

The troje or troj, for its part, is a space used to store cereals. Are structures they have partitions.

Another concept related to barn is silo. According to the definition provided by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) in your dictionary, a silo is a dry place that allows you to store forage or grain.

The barn as a region

Barn can be used in a symbolic sense to refer to a region characterized by its agricultural productivity. In this way, the granary of a country is that area where a large quantity of cereals is grown thanks to the climatic characteristics and the fertility ground.

The granaries, thus, are in a position to supply grain to the rest of the country and even to other nations through exports. It is known as North American barn or bulk carrier belt, within this framework, to the region of Midwest from USA which produces corn, soybeans and other cereals.

At XIX century and part of twentieth century, on the other hand, to Argentina she was mentioned as the barn of the world. This is because agricultural producers in the provinces of Santa Fe, The Pampa, Cordova and Buenos Aires they supplied the Exterior.

A usual surname

On Spain, Barn is a last name frequently used. It is also used in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and other nations.

Esteban Granero is a public personality who bears this surname. It is about a Spanish footballer who played in equipment What Real Madrid, Getafe, Spanish and Real society.