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swan

noun \ ˈswän \

Definition of swan

plural swans
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 : one that resembles or is likened to a swan
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 1sound


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swan

verb

Definition of swan

swanned; swanning
: to wander aimlessly or idly : dally

First Known Use of swan

1942

in the meaning defined above

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swan

verb

Definition of swan

swanned; swanning
dialect

Origin and Etymology of swan

perhaps euphemism for swear


Swan

geographical name \ ˈswän \
variants: or in its upper course Avon play \ˈa-vən\

Definition of Swan

river about 240 miles (386 kilometers) long in southwestern Western Australia flowing west into the Indian Ocean

SWAN Defined for English Language Learners

swan

Definition of swan for English Language Learners

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


SWAN Defined for Kids

swan

noun \ ˈswän \

Definition of swan for Students

: 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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