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  1. a young swan.
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Origin of cygnet

1400–50; late Middle English signet < Latin cygnus, variant of cycnus < Greek kýknos swan; see -et
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Historical Examples of cygnet

  • Except in the state of a cygnet, and that rarely, the bird now is not met with at table.


    William Sandys

  • When the cygnet's down proves a barrier to the tempest's breath.

  • The young swan is called a cygnet, from the French word for "swan."

    Our Domestic Birds

    John H. Robinson

  • In the beginning of January , the Cygnet was removed to without the bar of the river.

  • When the Cygnet tied up at Barnegat at noon to-day I was fit as a fiddle.

British Dictionary definitions for cygnet


  1. a young swan
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Word Origin for cygnet

C15 sygnett, from Old French cygne swan, from Latin cygnus, from Greek kuknos
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Word Origin and History for cygnet


c.1400, also signet before 17c., from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French cigne, cisne "swan" (12c., Modern French cygne), from Latin cygnus, from Greek kyknos, perhaps from PIE *keuk- "to be white."

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