Seine

[ seyn; French sen ]
/ seɪn; French sɛn /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for seine-river (1 of 2)

seine

/ (seɪn) /

noun

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

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for seine-river (2 of 2)

Seine

/ (seɪn, French sɛn) /

noun

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-river

seine


n.

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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