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[lem-uh n, lee-muh n] /ˈlɛm ən, ˈli mən/
noun, Archaic.
a sweetheart; lover; beloved.
a mistress.
Origin of leman
1175-1225; Middle English lemman, earlier leofman. See lief, man1 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Mr. lemen came to Illinois in 1786 and settled in what is now Monroe County.

  • Thus, at the time of lemen's arrival, slavery had been sanctioned on the Illinois prairies for sixty-seven years.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • It does not appear that Mr. lemen took any active measures against this construction of the anti-slavery ordinance at the time.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • A majority of the signers of this address were lemen's Baptist friends, and its phraseology points to him as its author.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • These changes were the result of compromise, and lemen consistently voted against them.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • Rev. Benjamin Ogle, Mr. lemen's brother-in-law, and others mentioned this fact in some of their papers and notes.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • Mr. lemen created the first eight Baptist churches in Illinois, having them especially declare against slavery and intemperance.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact Willard C. MacNaul.
  • "Don't know, Mars'r Deck; he and the oder gen'lemen done went ober dat way," replied General.

British Dictionary definitions for lemen


/ˈlɛmən; ˈliː-/
noun (archaic)
a beloved; sweetheart
a lover or mistress
Word Origin
C13 lemman, leofman, from leof dear, lief + man


Lac Léman, the French name for (Lake) Geneva
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Word Origin and History for lemen



"sweetheart, paramour" (archaic), late 13c., from Middle English leofman (c.1200), from Old English leof "dear" (see lief) + man "human being, person" (see man (n.)). Originally of either gender, though deliberate archaic usage tends to limit it to women.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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