leman

[lem-uh n, lee-muh n]

Origin of leman

1175–1225; Middle English lemman, earlier leofman. See lief, man1
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Historical Examples of lemen

  • Mr. Lemen came to Illinois in 1786 and settled in what is now Monroe County.

  • Thus, at the time of Lemen's arrival, slavery had been sanctioned on the Illinois prairies for sixty-seven years.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact

    Willard C. MacNaul.

  • It does not appear that Mr. Lemen took any active measures against this construction of the anti-slavery ordinance at the time.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact

    Willard C. MacNaul.

  • A majority of the signers of this address were Lemen's Baptist friends, and its phraseology points to him as its author.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact

    Willard C. MacNaul.

  • These changes were the result of compromise, and Lemen consistently voted against them.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact

    Willard C. MacNaul.


British Dictionary definitions for lemen

leman

noun archaic
  1. a beloved; sweetheart
  2. a lover or mistress

Word Origin for leman

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

Léman

noun
  1. Lac Léman the French name for (Lake) Geneva
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Word Origin and History for lemen

leman

n.

"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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