a fishing net that hangs vertically in the water, having floats at the upper edge and sinkers at the lower.

verb (used with object), seined, sein·ing.

to fish for or catch with a seine.
to use a seine in (water).

verb (used without object), seined, sein·ing.

to fish with a seine.

Origin of seine

before 950; Middle English seyne, Old English segne < West Germanic *sagina < Latin sagēna < Greek sagḗnē fishing net


[seyn; French sen]


a river in France, flowing NW through Paris to the English Channel. 480 miles (773 km) long.
a former department in N France.
Can be confusedsane Seine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seine

Contemporary Examples of seine

Historical Examples of seine

  • The address on the note was to a street at some distance, on the other side of the Seine.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The Venus de Medici has at last found her way down the Seine.

  • So we saw the world those days in the radiant city on the Seine.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • As a matter of course, the Seine will be in the middle, broad, immense.'

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Their rotten boat, staved in, had gone to the bottom of the Seine.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for seine



a large fishing net that hangs vertically in the water by means of floats at the top and weights at the bottom


to catch (fish) using this net

Word Origin for seine

Old English segne, from Latin sagēna, from Greek sagēnē; related to Old High German segina, Old French saïne



a river in N France, rising on the Plateau de Langres and flowing northwest through Paris to the English Channel: the second longest river in France, linked by canal with the Rivers Somme, Scheldt, Meuse, Rhine, Saône, and Loire. Length: 776 km (482 miles)
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Word Origin and History for seine

Old English segne "drag-net," from West Germanic *sagina (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German segina), a borrowing of Latin sagena (source of French seine, 12c., which contributed to the form of the English word), from Greek sagene "a fishing net," also "a hunting net," of unknown origin.

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