Simple Definition of swain
: a man who is a woman's lover
Examples of swain
a fair maiden and her swain
<a romanticized portrait of a bygone era of beauteous Southern belles and their gallant swains>
Origin of swain
Middle English swein boy, servant, from Old Norse sveinn; akin to Old English swān swain, Latin suus one's own — more at suicide
First Known Use: 14th century
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