land or soil that is barren has no plants growing on it
Thousands of years ago the surface was barren desert.
unable to produce children or baby animals - used of a woman or of female animals [= infertile; ≠ fertile]
a tree or plant that is barren does not produce fruit or seeds
used to describe something that does not look interesting or attractive:
The sports hall was a rather barren concrete building.
used to describe a period of time during which you do not achieve anything or get any useful results:
I scored five in the first seven games, but I've had a bit of a barren patch since then.