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ain

[eyn]
adjective Scot.
  1. own.
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Origin of ain

1700–25; representing Old English ǣgen or Old Norse eiginn; replacing Middle English (Scots) awyn, awne, Old English āgen; see own

Ain

[an]
noun
  1. a department in E France. 2249 sq. mi. (5825 sq. km). Capital: Bourg.
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ʿain

[ahyn, eyn]
noun
  1. the 18th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
  2. the voiced pharyngeal constrictive consonant represented by this letter.
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Origin of ʿain

From the Arabic word ʿayn
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  • He winna trust him for naething that he hasna his ain word, or some ither body's for!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • Weel, I alloo, she's deen as a wuman sud—the faut bein a' her ain!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • She's perfecly free to tak her ain gait—and she kens she is!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • It was for his sake and the laddie's ain that I wantit him to come to me.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • He'll hae ill shawin the face o' 'm again i' 's ain calf-country!'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for ain

ain1

determiner
  1. a Scot word for own
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ain2

noun
  1. a variant of ayin
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Ain

noun
  1. a department in E central France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Bourg. Pop: 539 006 (2003 est). Area: 5785 sq km (2256 sq miles)
  2. a river in E France, rising in the Jura Mountains and flowing south to the Rhône. Length: 190 km (118 miles)
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