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swain

noun \ˈswān\

: a man who is a woman's lover

Full Definition of SWAIN

1
:  rustic, peasant; specifically :  shepherd
2
:  a male admirer or suitor
swain·ish \ˈswā-nish\ adjective
swain·ish·ness noun

Examples of SWAIN

  1. a fair maiden and her swain
  2. <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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