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Definition of wain

1 : a usually large and heavy vehicle for farm use a hay wain
2 capitalized [short for Charles's Wain] : big dipper

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an antique wain that was once used for delivering milk
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First Known Use of wain

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

History and Etymology for wain

Middle English, wagon, chariot, from Old English wægn; akin to Middle Dutch wagen wagon, Old English wegan to move — more at way

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“Wain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wain. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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