Definition of swain in English:

swain

Syllabification: swain
Pronunciation: /swān
 
/

noun

archaic
  • 1A country youth.
  • 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.

Origin

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

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