Definition of swain in English:

swain

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Pronunciation: /sweɪn
 
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noun

1 literary A young lover or suitor.
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  • ‘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.
2 archaic A country youth.

Origin

late Old English (denoting a young man attendant on a knight), from Old Norse sveinn 'lad'.

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