cain

[ keyn ]
/ keɪn /
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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

Definition for cain (2 of 3)

Cain

1
[ keyn ]
/ keɪn /

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

Definition for cain (3 of 3)

Cain

2
[ keyn ]
/ keɪn /

noun

James M.,1892–1977, U.S. novelist.

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British Dictionary definitions for cain (1 of 2)

cain

kain

/ (keɪn) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for cain (2 of 2)

Cain

/ (keɪn) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with cain

Cain

see raise Cain.


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