[lem-uh n, lee-muh n]

noun Archaic.

a sweetheart; lover; beloved.
a mistress.

Origin of leman

1175–1225; Middle English lemman, earlier leofman. See lief, man1


[lee-muh n]


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noun archaic

a beloved; sweetheart
a lover or mistress

Word Origin for leman

C13 lemman, leofman, from leof dear, lief + man



Lac Léman the French name for (Lake) Geneva
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Word Origin and History for leman

"sweetheart, paramour" (archaic), late 13c., from Middle English leofman (c.1200), from Old English leof "dear" (see lief) + man "human being, person" (see man (n.)). Originally of either gender, though deliberate archaic usage tends to limit it to women.

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