- to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
- to bless.
Origin of sain
Examples from the Web for sain
Of the townships on the north of the Sain River one is Akhs.
As it nis good, I nill say—or sain, instead of it is not good—I will not say.Chaucer for Children
Mrs. H. R. Haweis
We'll have him—the biggest turkey ever sailed out of ol' Sain' Peer.Wide Courses
James Brendan Connolly
Farghna has seven separate townships,46 five on the south and two on the north of the Sain.
(b) Erskine (p. 5, translating from the Persian): The river Sain flows under the walls of the castle.
- (tr) archaic to make the sign of the cross over so as to bless or protect from evil or sin
Word Origin and History for sain
"to cross oneself; to mark with the sign of the cross," Old English segnian, from Latin signare "to sign" (in Church Latin "to make the sign of the Cross"); see sign (n.). A common Germanic borrowing, cf. Old Saxon segnon, Dutch zegenen, Old High German seganon, German segnen "to bless," Old Norse signa.