[ bleyn ]
/ bleɪn /

noun Pathology.

an inflammatory swelling or sore.

Nearby words

  1. blagonravov,
  2. blagoveshchensk,
  3. blague,
  4. blah,
  5. blah-blah-blah,
  6. blaine,
  7. blaine, james gillespie,
  8. blainville,
  9. blair,
  10. blair's babes

Origin of blain

before 1000; Middle English blein(e), Old English blegene. See chilblain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blain

  • It alwish seemed to me to be a beeg fish story, but it ish all blain to my mint now.

    Recitations for the Social Circle|James Clarence Harvey
  • The blain is a watery vesicle in the second joint of the wing.

  • Nevertheless the blain grew chillier and chillier until at last they were compelled to send for a physician.

    Bill the Minder|W. Heath Robinson
  • They haf daken atfandage of our bresence to regover a bortion of the blain.

    Overland|John William De Forest

British Dictionary definitions for blain


/ (bleɪn) /


a blister, blotch, or sore on the skin

Word Origin for blain

Old English blegen; related to Middle Low German bleine

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Word Origin and History for blain



Old English blegen "a sore," from Proto-Germanic *blajinon "a swelling" (cf. Danish blegn, Dutch blein), from PIE *bhlei- "to swell," from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for blain


[ blān ]


A skin swelling or sore; a blister; a blotch.

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