- Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire; an organization of European states with a centre in Geneva for research in high-energy particle physics, now called the European Laboratory for Particle Physics
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
formerly called European Organization for Nuclear Research: an international research organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.
- French, for C(onseil) e(uropéen pour la) r(echerche) n(ucléaire)
- -cern- comes from Latin, where it has the meanings "separate;
decide.'' These meanings are found in such words as: concern, discern.