EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Archaic a sweetheart; lover; beloved. a mistress. Origin of leman 1175–1225; Middle English lemman,
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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.
It does not appear that Mr.
Lemen took any active measures against this construction of the anti-slavery ordinance at the time.
A majority of the signers of this address were
Lemen's Baptist friends, and its phraseology points to him as its author.
These changes were the result of compromise, and
Lemen consistently voted against them. British Dictionary definitions for lemen noun archaic a beloved; sweetheart a lover or mistress Word Origin for leman
lemman, leofman, from leof dear, lief + man noun Lac Léman the French name for (Lake) Geneva
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Word Origin and History for lemen 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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