Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

sain

[seyn]
See more synonyms for sain on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object) Archaic.
  1. to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
  2. to bless.
Show More

Origin of sain

before 900; Middle English; Old English segnian (cognate with German segnen to bless) < Late Latin signāre to sign with the cross
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sain

Historical Examples

  • Of the townships on the north of the Sain River one is Akhs.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • 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.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • (b) Erskine (p. 5, translating from the Persian): The river Sain flows under the walls of the castle.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan


British Dictionary definitions for sain

sain

verb
  1. (tr) archaic to make the sign of the cross over so as to bless or protect from evil or sin
Show More

Word Origin

Old English segnian, from Latin signare to sign (with the cross)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sain

v.

"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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper