sain

[ seyn ]
/ seɪn /

verb (used with object) Archaic.

to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
to bless.

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Origin of sain

before 900; Middle English; Old English segnian (cognate with German segnen to bless) <Late Latin signāre to sign with the cross
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British Dictionary definitions for sain

sain
/ (seɪn) /

verb

(tr) archaic to make the sign of the cross over so as to bless or protect from evil or sin

Word Origin for sain

Old English segnian, from Latin signare to sign (with the cross)
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