- to make the sign of the cross on, as for protection against evil influences.
- to bless.
Origin of sain
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
- (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 sained
"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.