[ eyn ]

  1. own.

Origin of ain

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

Words Nearby ain

Other definitions for ʿain (2 of 3)


or ʿayn

[ ahyn, eyn ]

  1. the 18th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

  2. the voiced pharyngeal constrictive consonant represented by this letter.

Origin of ʿain

From the Arabic word ʿayn

Other definitions for Ain (3 of 3)

[ an ]

  1. a department in E France. 2,249 sq. mi. (5,825 sq. km). Capital: Bourg. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ain in a sentence

  • Let him tak a spring on his ain fiddle, says a proverb that illustrates the coolness with which Donald will bide his time.

    Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
  • "Come away, Rundell, the race is yer ain," shouted an enthusiastic supporter of Peter.

    The Underworld | James C. Welsh
  • I reck'n I knows sense when I sees it; en dey ain' no sense in sich doin's as dat.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • How could I, with my heart beating high at the thought of seeing my ain dear laddie before many days?

  • Mickle thocht we o' the gentles ayont the sea, an' sair grat we for a' frien's we kent lang syne in oor ain countree.

British Dictionary definitions for ain (1 of 3)


/ (eɪn) /

  1. a Scot word for own

British Dictionary definitions for ain (2 of 3)


/ (ˈɑːjɪn) /

  1. a variant of ayin

British Dictionary definitions for Ain (3 of 3)


/ (French ɛ̃) /

  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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