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swan

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noun \ˈswän\

Simple Definition of swan

  • : a large usually white bird that lives on or near water and that has a very long and graceful neck

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of swan

plural

swans

  1. 1 plural also swan :  any of various large heavy-bodied long-necked mostly pure white aquatic birds (family Anatidae, especially genus Cygnus) that have webbed feet and are related to but larger than the geese

  2. 2 :  one that resembles or is likened to a swan

  3. 3 capitalized :  the constellation Cygnus

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Origin and Etymology of swan

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German swan and perhaps to Latin sonus sound — more at sound


First Known Use: before 12th century


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swan

intransitive verb

Definition of swan

swanned

swanning

  1. :  to wander aimlessly or idly :  dally



1942

First Known Use of swan

1942


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swan

intransitive verb

Definition of swan

swanned

swanning

dial

  1. :  declare, swear



Origin and Etymology of swan

perhaps euphemism for swear


First Known Use: 1784

Rhymes with swan


Swan

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geographical name \ˈswän\

Definition of Swan

  1. river ab 240 miles (386 kilometers) SW Western Australia flowing W into Indian Ocean



Variants of swan

or in its upper course

Avon

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SWAN Defined for Kids

swan

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noun \ˈswän\

Definition of swan for Students

  1. :  a usually white waterbird that has a long neck and large body and is related to but larger than the goose




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