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wain

[weyn] /weɪn/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. Charles's Wain.
2.
a farm wagon or cart.
Origin of wain
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English wægn, wǣn, cognate with Dutch wagen, German Wagen. See weigh1
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  • Then he hoisted the tree on to the wain, roped it into place, and told the cartman to drive on.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Then, all at once, a wain had stood at the gate: the servants hastened to open it.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • And after the wain, on foot, the two brothers, hand in hand.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Lorand pointed speechlessly to the wain, and could not tell them.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • With the Wenman, who drove the wain, we may mention the Leader or Loader.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • An earlier Godolphin had been one of the "four wheels of Charles's wain."

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • Thus in Charles' wain some of the stars are approaching, others receding.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • And may I take out my little ummabella (umbrella), case it might wain?

    A World of Girls L. T. Meade
  • But—breakfast at 6:30, and Charles's wain over the new chimney, or its equivalent!

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for wain

wain

/weɪn/
noun
1.
(mainly poetic) a farm wagon or cart
Word Origin
Old English wægn; related to Old Frisian wein, Old Norse vagn

Wain

/weɪn/
noun
1.
John (Barrington). 1925–94, British novelist, poet, and critic. His novels include Hurry on Down (1953), Strike the Father Dead (1962), and Young Shoulders (1982)
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Word Origin and History for wain
n.

Old English wægn "wheeled vehicle," from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (see wagon). Largely fallen from use by c.1600, but kept alive by poets, who found it easier to rhyme on than wagon. As a name for the Big Dipper/Plough, it is from Old English (see Charles's Wain).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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