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[teyn] /teɪn/
a thin tin plate.
tin foil for the backs of mirrors.
Origin of tain
1855-60; < French: silvering, foil, aphetic variant of étain tin Unabridged
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  • He then retired to tain (Drme), where he lived for some time as a farmer.

  • Dat rooster aint no chicken, I tell yer, tain nuthin in dis worl but er hant.

    Bypaths in Dixie

    Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • tain no use ter argufy erbout it; dems de creeturs dat speerets rides whin dey comes back ter dis worl.

    Bypaths in Dixie

    Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • Come on out er dis hyah kitchen,—tain no place fur chillun no how.

    Bypaths in Dixie

    Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • I low ef we-all wuster race hoss roun dis hyah garret, tain long fo yo mall be de dark hoss ter do de beatin.

    Bypaths in Dixie

    Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • Sum says hits one, sum says hits ernuthr, but all uv em says one thing dey knows fur sartin an sho,—tain no ole buzzard.

    Bypaths in Dixie

    Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • Are we cer- tain that our foreign creditors will continue patient, and ready to proportion their forbearance to our delays?

  • Whar you run, dar I'se gwine ter run right atter, so 'tain' no use a-rumpasin'.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • "'tain' no use talkin' to dese yer light-haided young uns," he replied.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard
  • Mine′-cap′tain, the overseer of a mine; Mī′ner, one who digs in a mine.

British Dictionary definitions for tain


tinfoil used in backing mirrors
Word Origin
from French, from étain tin, from Old French estain, from Latin stagnum alloy of silver and lead; see stannum
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Word Origin and History for tain

"thin tin plate for mirrors, etc.," 1858, from French tain "tinfoil," an alteration of étain "tin," from Latin stagnum, stannum "alloy of silver and lead," later "tin" (see stannic).

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