Origin of swain
Examples from the Web for swain
The courts ruled against our final appeals late on the night of Nov. 7, around 26 hours before Swain was put to death.
While he was inside, Ms. Nixon returned home, and Swain killed her.
Director J. Kevin Swain said he met Cornelius in 1988, when Swain was a production coordinator on the Soul Train Music Awards.
“I had never seen him more happy and full of joy,” said Swain.
The unusual procedure by Swain of reviewing documents "ex parte" amounted to the judge going an extra mile to be fair.Madoff Secretary Annette Bongiorno Jailed Over Ponzi Millions|Allan Dodds Frank|December 21, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Thomas, for that was the swain's name, made an assignation one night to meet Jenny in the orchard at Allanbank.Scottish Ghost Stories|Elliott O'Donnell
"Yes, he is to have it," cried Mr. Swain, with a violence to bring on a fit of coughing.
I sat with Mr. Swain many an hour that spring, with Patty sewing at the window open to the garden.
The coroner's jury returned a verdict that Swain was guilty of your father's death.The Gloved Hand|Burton E. Stevenson
It was a resolute Tilda who awaited her swain at the kitchen door that night.
British Dictionary definitions for swain
noun archaic, or poetic
Word Origin for swain
Word Origin and History for swain
mid-12c., "young man attendant upon a knight," from Old Norse sveinn "boy, servant, attendant," from Proto-Germanic *swainaz "attendant, servant," properly "one's own (man)," from PIE *swoi-no-, from root *swe- "oneself, alone, apart" (see idiom). Cognate with Old English swan "shepherd, swineherd," Old Saxon swen, Old High German swein. Meaning "country or farm laborer" is from 1570s; that of "lover, wooer" (in pastoral poetry) is from 1580s.