sained; saining; sains

transitive verb

dialectal British : to make the sign of the cross on (oneself)
dialectal British : bless

Word History


Middle English, from Old English segnian, from Late Latin signare, from Latin, to mark — more at sign

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sain was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near sain

Cite this Entry

“Sain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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