COBUILD Advanced British English Dictionary1. graded adjective & adjectiveA barren landscape is dry and bare, and has very few plants and no trees. ⇒ ...the country's landscape of high barren mountains.2. graded adjective & adjectiveBarren land consists of soil that is so poor that plants cannot grow in it. ⇒ He also wants to use the water to irrigate barren desert land.3. graded adjective & adjectiveIf you describe something such as an activity or a period of your life as barren, you mean that you achieve no success during it or that it has no useful results. [written] bereft [+ of] ⇒ ...politics that are banal and barren of purpose. ⇒ ...the player, who ended a 14-month barren spell by winning the Tokyo event in October. ⇒ As the leaves of autumn wither and fall, so has my own life become barren.barrenness
uncount noun [oft N of n] ⇒ ...a film that would force audiences to confront the barrenness of contemporary life.4. adjectiveIf you describe a room or a place as barren, you do not like it because it has almost no furniture or other objects in it. [written, disapproval] [+ of] ⇒ The room was austere, nearly barren of furniture or decoration. ⇒ Six stale loaves of brown bread formed a dark blot on the otherwise barren shelves.5. adjectiveA barren woman or female animal is unable to have babies. [old-fashioned] ⇒ He prayed that his barren wife would one day have a child. ⇒ ...a three-year-old barren mare.barrenness uncount noun infertility ⇒ ...a ceremony designed to cure women of barrenness.