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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Definitions for sweven

  1. Archaic. a vision; dream.

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Citations for sweven
Thought I, "This is so queint a sweven/ That I wol, by process of time,/ Fonde to put this sweven in ryme… Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400), "The Book of the Duchess"
A grimly sweven I dreamt yestreen;/ I saw thee lie under the hollins green… Charles Kingsley, "The Red King," 1847
Origin of sweven
900
Sweven entered English around 900. The term picked up a verbal sense a century later, "to dream," but both terms have since fallen out of use.