cain

[keyn]
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noun

Scot. and Irish English. rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.

Origin of cain

Middle English (Scots) cane < Scots Gaelic; compare Old Irish cáin statute, law, rent

Cain

1
[keyn]

noun

the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4.
a murderer.
Related formsCain·ism, nounCain·it·ic [key-nit-ik] /keɪˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective

Cain

2
[keyn]

noun

James M.,1892–1977, U.S. novelist.
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Examples from the Web for cain

Contemporary Examples of cain

Historical Examples of cain

  • When Cain wished to slay his brother, he was at no loss for a weapon.

  • Cain (gen. Caines, 107): descended from him are Grendel and his kin, 107, 1262 ff.

    Beowulf

    Unknown

  • He gave Cain a long lifetime in which to repent of his sins.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Even thus did Cain cease to be his brother's keeper, and so slew him.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • On kin of Cain was the killing avenged by sovran God for slaughtered Abel.

    Beowulf

    Anonymous


British Dictionary definitions for cain

cain

kain

noun

history (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent

Word Origin for cain

C12: from Scottish Gaelic cāin rent, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin canōn tribute (see canon); compare Middle Irish cāin law

Cain

noun

the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
raise Cain
  1. to cause a commotion
  2. to react or protest heatedly
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Word Origin and History for cain

Cain

elder son of Adam and Eve, from Hebrew Qayin, literally "created one," also "smith," from Semitic stem q-y-n "to form, to fashion." To raise Cain is first recorded 1840. Surnames McCain, McCann, etc., are a contraction of Irish Mac Cathan "son of Cathan," from Celtic cathan, literally "warrior," from cath "battle."

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Idioms and Phrases with cain

Cain

see raise Cain.

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