[ seyn ]
/ seɪn /
verb (used with object) Archaic.
to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
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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Examples from the Web for sained
I had on a pair of old breeches that had been sained in and dried so often they was about half rotten.
The tailor looked on for some time with admiration, but at last he grew alarmed and sained himself.The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
British Dictionary definitions for sained
/ (seɪn) /
(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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