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Origin of gean

First recorded in 1525–35, gean is from the Middle French word guigne, of uncertain origin

Words Nearby gean Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gean in a sentence

  • The naiads bathed not in Scamanders stream nor Simois, nor the nereids in the waters of the bright gean Sea.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • Grey islets with foam flying over them lay around indistinctly seen through the driving vapour from the gean.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
  • Never again does Athens sit there as a queen looking out upon her gean, but her day of political glory is ended forever.

  • Whether their hearts were turned Troy-ward in the gean or to some small unsung British tre or Troynovant, who can tell?

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • He obligingly chained the island to the bottom of the gean Sea, and Latona had no further cause for complaint.

British Dictionary definitions for gean


/ (ɡiːn) /

  1. Also called: wild cherry a white-flowered rosaceous tree, Prunus avium, of Europe, W Asia, and N Africa, the ancestor of the cultivated sweet cherries

Origin of gean

C16: from Old French guine

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