Etymology
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kern (n.)

1680s, "part of a metal type projecting beyond the body," as the head of an -f- or the tail of a -j-. According to Century Dictionary this is identical with kern "a grain" (see kernel), but OED says it is from French carne "projecting angle, quill of a pen" (12c.), Old North French form of Old French charne "hinge, pivot," from Latin cardinem "hinge." Related: Kerned "having the top or bottom projecting beyond the body;" kerning.

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Definitions of kern
1
kern (v.)
furnish with a kern;
kern (v.)
remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters);
2
kern (n.)
the part of a metal type that projects beyond its body;
3
Kern (n.)
United States composer of musical comedies (1885-1945);
Synonyms: Jerome Kern / Jerome David Kern
From wordnet.princeton.edu