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Idioms about main

    in the main, for the most part; chiefly: In the main, the novel was dull reading.

Origin of main

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English noun main(e), mayn(e) “strength, power,” Old English mægen, megen, cognate with Old Norse magn, megin, megn “strength”; Middle English adjective main(e), partly from Old Norse megin-, megn “strong,” partly from Old English noun mægen used in compounds, as in mægen-weorc “mighty work”

Other definitions for main (2 of 3)

main2
[ meyn ]
/ meɪn /

noun
a cockfighting match.

Origin of main

2
First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain; perhaps special use of main1; compare main chance

Other definitions for main (3 of 3)

Main
[ meyn; German mahyn ]
/ meɪn; German maɪn /

noun
a river in central and W Germany, flowing W from the Bohemian Forest in N Bavaria into the Rhine at Mainz. 305 miles (490 km) long.
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How to use main in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for main (1 of 3)

main1
/ (meɪn) /

adjective (prenominal)
noun

Word Origin for main

C13: from Old English mægen strength

British Dictionary definitions for main (2 of 3)

main2
/ (meɪn) /

noun
a throw of the dice in dice games
a cockfighting contest
a match in archery, boxing, etc

Word Origin for main

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for main (3 of 3)

Main
/ (meɪn, German main) /

noun
a river in central and W Germany, flowing west through Würzburg and Frankfurt to the Rhine. Length: about 515 km (320 miles)
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