1.1 literary A young lover or suitor.
More example sentences
- ‘You sound like a lovesick swain,’ she told him, and walked to the window.
- Many a desperate swain would have risked life for the privilege of pressing his lips to the mysterious hand.
- Old and blind, Juliette gave her a lock of Chateaubriand's hair when her eighty-year-old swain died.
late Old English (denoting a young man attendant on a knight), from Old Norse sveinn 'lad'.
Definition of swain in:
- The British & World English dictionary