- a thin tin plate.
- tin foil for the backs of mirrors.
Origin of tain
1855–60; < French: silvering, foil, aphetic variant of étain tin
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Examples from the Web for tain
He then retired to Tain (Drme), where he lived for some time as a farmer.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Tain no use ter argufy erbout it; dems de creeturs dat speerets rides whin dey comes back ter dis worl.
Dat rooster aint no chicken, I tell yer, tain nuthin in dis worl but er hant.
Come on out er dis hyah kitchen,—tain no place fur chillun no how.
I low ef we-all wuster race hoss roun dis hyah garret, tain long fo yo mall be de dark hoss ter do de beatin.
- tinfoil used in backing mirrors
from French, from étain tin, from Old French estain, from Latin stagnum alloy of silver and lead; see stannum
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Word Origin and History for tain
"thin tin plate for mirrors, etc.," 1858, from French tain "tinfoil," an alteration of étain "tin," from Latin stagnum, stannum "alloy of silver and lead," later "tin" (see stannic).
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