swain

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noun \ˈswān\

Definition of swain

  1. 1 :  rustic, peasant; specifically :  shepherd

  2. 2 :  a male admirer or suitor

swainish

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swainishness

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Examples of swain in a sentence

  1. a fair maiden and her swain

  2. <a romanticized portrait of a bygone era of beauteous Southern belles and their gallant swains>

Origin and Etymology 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


SWAIN Defined for English Language Learners

swain

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noun \ˈswān\

Definition of swain for English Language Learners

  • : a man who is a woman's lover


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